After receiving huge criticisms from Malaysians, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad who oversees the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) said he had no problem with resigning from his position.
However, he questioned that whether his resignation will solve the problem that Malaysians are facing currently.
“I can dissolve NADMA and resign. I have been the elected representative for 6 terms already.”
“But, what is the solution?” he was quoted saying by Malaysiakini.
He then asked the critics to submit proposals to more effectively manage floods in the country, adding that if Malaysians only requests for resignations, the country will change the prime minister every 3 months.
Meanwhile, Abdul Latiff also said the district officers should serve as the chairman of the disaster management committee at the district level when the disaster is declared.
“All disaster-related management in the area will be managed by the chairman of the district-level disaster management committee.”
“NADMA will help as the secretariat because this agency is only at the Federal level and we have no staff at the state or district level. NADMA has only 50 staff working at the central level.”
“So, all disaster management matters will be managed at the state level, the chairman is the state secretary (SUK). It is also the responsibility of the district office when at the district level,” he said.
He added that the disaster management should be separated into 3 different levels, namely central, state and district or local authorities.
“We cannot ask the federal government to take care of the cause of this disaster blindly. It is not possible for the agency to handle everything as the responsibility needs to be shared with the respective levels.”
“Let’s take an example if this management is taken over by the agency at the federal level, who should take charge of providing assistance to the victims.”
“So that’s why we have to go back to three levels, namely district, state and federal,” he said.