All pre­pared for mon­soon sea­son

> District en­gi­neers to work closely with other agen­cies to tackle prob­lems

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY P. CHANDRA SAGARAN

IPOH: The Pub­lic Works De­part­ment (PWD) has taken mea­sures to deal with emer­gen­cies dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son.

Its di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Roslan Md Taha said there are 78 district en­gi­neers in the coun­try who will mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

They will work closely with con­ces­sion­aires and other agen­cies to tackle and re­solve prob­lems, he told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the de­part­ment’s Na­tional In­no­va­tion Day here yes­ter­day.

The op­er­a­tions room, known as Bi­lik Gerakan Ben­cana or Big Ben, will co­or­di­nate all ef­forts through­out the coun­try, he said.

This is in ad­di­tion to the 13 me­dia chan­nels han­dled by the Works Min­istry and PWD, to­gether with smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion, for the pub­lic to re­port any in­ci­dents.

“We want the pub­lic to play a role, if they are aware of any im­mi­nent dan­ger along roads be­fore an in­ci­dent oc­curs, through these ap­pli­ca­tions,” said Roslan.

He noted that Cameron High­lands and the Sim­pang Pu­lai-Lo­jing road are among the places iden­ti­fied as po­ten­tial spots where land­slides may oc­cur as the area crosses moun­tains and wa­ter catch­ment sites.

He said the Lo­jing area needed to be mon­i­tored due to de­vel­op­ment and the clear­ing of forests.

Ear­lier in his speech, he said the coun­try’s po­si­tion in the Global In­no­va­tion In­dex 2016 saw a drop from the 32nd spot in 2015 to 35th this year.

But on the bright side, its stand­ing in the Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness Re­port for 2015/16 has im­proved from the 20th place to No. 18, he added.

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