Who’s in charge of disasters in Selangor, Kit Siang asks PM

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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has asked Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to clear the air as to who actually is responsible for disaster management in Selangor.

He said there had been much confusion over this since the state was struck by floods over the weekend.

Lim said the chairman of the Selangor National Security Council (NSC), Noh Omar, had said his jurisdiction was to only oversee security affairs and not disaster management.

“Yesterday, I asked the prime minister to clear the air as to who the Selangor NSC chairman is and why this body is not handling disaster management in the state. But there has been a thunderous silence on his part.

“This should not be the case in the midst of the deadliest flood disaster which has claimed 39 lives so far.

“Could it be that the prime minister himself does not know who the chairman is and what his roles are?” Lim asked in a statement today.

There has been confusion as to who is responsible for Selangor’s disaster management after Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari said he was informed in November that his post had been taken over by Noh, who is a federal minister and also Selangor Umno chief.

On Wednesday, Lim had urged the prime minister to remove Noh and sack him as a minister for his incompetence in handling the disastrous floods that hit Selangor over the weekend.

After the public backlash on social media, Noh, who is the entrepreneur development and cooperatives minister, said disaster management at the state level is under the jurisdiction of another committee headed by Amirudin.

Noh had said as the state’s NSC chairman, his jurisdiction was to oversee security affairs and not disaster management.

He told a press conference that there were two separate committees and the one he chaired was responsible for matters related to state security and public order, adding that the other committee handled policy and mechanisms for national disaster management.

“The second committee is chaired by the state secretary and consists of, among others, the state police chief, the commanders of the various wings of the armed forces in the state, and district officers.

“This committee will be chaired by Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari,” Noh had said. – FMT