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Online Flood Victim Registration System Unsuitable To Be Expanded - Shahidan

Filepic: BernamaFilepic: BernamaMERSING: It is unsuitable for the online flood victim registration system to be expanded to all states as it can cause new problems to the state and district disaster management authorities, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said he was aware that there was a proposal for the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to expand the online registration system, which is currently being implemented in Terengganu, to other states.

However, he said he found it irrelevant as it could create opacity in the registration of flood victims.

“Some non-evacuees might just register themselves as flood evacuees to get the compassionate money (distributed to flood victims),” he told a press conference after visiting the temporary relief centre at Sekolah Agama Kampung Pengkalan Batu here today.

Shahidan said this in response to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s proposal which called on NADMA to expand the online flood victim registration to ease the victim management process.

Ahmad Shabery said the system, which is being implemented in Kemaman, was proven effective in smoothening the disaster management operations in  the district as the victims need only to register and log in to the system.

Elaborating, Shahidan said other reason to reject the proposal to expand the online registration system was because the National Security Council had already instructed that all flood victims must register at relief centre.

“This is to ensure that the district officer as the District Disaster Management Committee chairman is in the know and can verify the evacuation of victims,” he added.