The Selangor government is considering to declare a climate emergency in the state after receiving a preliminary report by experts.
According to Selangorkini, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the full report from University Putra Malaysia along with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which has been going on since 2019, will be completed by the end of this year or early next year.
“We will consider declaring a climate emergency. It is one of our proposals. But we cannot simply announce it without proper research and data by experts,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
Meanwhile, he said the state government will focus on plans for the coastal areas that may be hit hard in the future due to rising sea levels.
Earlier, Klang member of parliament (MP) Charles Santiago asked the state government to declare the climate emergency so that early action can be taken.
He also called on the government to create an early warning system that covers all flood areas, identify flood relief centres and make them known in advance, as well as improve MetMalaysia’s weather predicting capabilities.
In December last year and early January this year, both the federal and state governments were criticised for their slow response to the flood disaster, which claimed 54 lives and displaced more than 70,000 people in seven states.
Earlier this week, the Selangor state government issued a warning to residents in Klang, Kuala Selangor and nearby areas about the high tide phenomenon that will begin on 11 September.
At the same time, the state government also warned that the northeast monsoon is expected to hit the state from November to December.
They also shared a list of areas at risk of floods and flash floods.