New Straits Times
DPM: Study to replace lost buoys to be done
PUTRAJAYA: A study will be carried on the need to replace the lost tsunametre buoys, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The buoys were used to gather data for an early tsunami warning system.
She said the study, to be done soon, must include technical aspects because Malaysia was also at risk of facing a tsunami, like it did in 2004.
“As what was said by the prime minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) earlier today (yesterday), the government has to look into the matter.
“The technical aspects must be studied as the country is at risk of being hit by the disaster.
“It’s good to know now that the buoys are not working so that we can take the right measures.
“If neighbouring countries are hit by earthquakes, other surrounding countries are (also) at risk of being hit by the tsunami just like what happened in 2004.
“Therefore, we should take precaution,” she said after chairing the 6th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and Emergency Response yesterday.
The NSTP reported that the three buoys which were supposed to detect and transmit early warning on tsunami, were disposed of as they were no longer functioning.