KOTA BAHARU (Bernama) – The Malaysian government set up the Post-Flood Special Task Force to coordinate and speed up all types of post-flood assistance in Kelantan and other states affected by the recent floods, said Kelantan Flood Disaster Joint Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
He said the special task force was placed under the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department headed by ICU’s Special Project Coordination Sector deputy director-general, Datuk Ahmad Zaki Ansore Mohd Yusof.
Zaki Ansore was appointed as the head of the Post-Flood Special Taskforce effective February 5.
Mustapa, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, said the team will ensure smooth and speedy execution of all assistance given, either by the government or the private sector.
The special task force team will also enable all matters pertaining to post-flood work are managed sys-tematically and in an orderly way, especially projects involving the re-construction or repairing of flood victims’ houses, he said.
Mustapa said the government expected the post-flood assistance and rehabilitation work to take a long time, at least a year, as it involves repairing damaged infrastructure, government assets, houses, checking and confirming list of flood victims and distributing compassionate aid (wang ehsan), he told reporters after attending a Kelantan post-flood operations briefing yesterday.
“The government is very concerned about the people’s problems as a result of the floods and intends to solve these as soon as possible.
“The team will also coordinate assistance from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and foreign embassies,” he added.