MIC con­cerned about hill­side projects

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BUT­TER­WORTH: MIC has re­vealed that Pe­nang had ap­proved eight times more hill­side de­vel­op­ment projects com­pared to the pre­vi­ous state gov­ern­ment.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam, said that this in­for­ma­tion was re­vealed to him dur­ing a min­is­te­rial meet­ing in Pu­tra­jaya, and it is a cause for con­cern as it de­picts a degra­da­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

He said it was im­por­tant to note the af­ter-ef­fects of such de­vel­op­ment, as what hap­pened in Pe­nang, like the re­cent floods and land­slides, must be taken se­ri­ously to avoid re­cur­rences.

He said this af­ter hand­ing out aid to flood vic­tims at the Sri Mu­niswarar Tem­ple in Prai.

Later, Subra­ma­niam said that his min­istry has an ef­fec­tive stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) in pub­lic hos­pi­tals to cope in the event of a ma­jor dis­as­ter oc­cur­ring.

He said the med­i­cal ser­vices were able to pro­vide as­sis­tance dur­ing the floods that hit the state on Nov 4.

“We have our own SOP in han­dling is­sues dur­ing emer­gen­cies. We also have the means to check against the spread of con­ta­gious dis­eases.”

He was re­spond­ing to Pe­nang Health Com­mit­tee chair­man Dr Afif Ba­hardin’s re­mark that pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Pe­nang need to un­dergo more emer­gency sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cises. – by Im­ran Hilmy

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