Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) today launched a disaster unit to channel the latest report on disasters to television and radio stations. The unit will disseminate information on the weather, earthquakes, landslides, floods, haze, storms, river levels, sea conditions, tides and other disasters.
Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the unit would also issue brief safety guides so that the public would be equipped to face disasters. “It will also instill public awareness on the need to follow the directive of authorities during disasters,” he told reporters at the launch in Angkasapuri.
The RTM Disaster Unit headed by Muhammad Yazid Mohd Naim will provide live coverage and reports nationwide so that the public can receive the latest and correct information on disasters. Based at Angkasapuri, the disaster unit which operates 24 hours daily.
Ahmad Shabery said the unit will have representatives at all RTM stations, charged with monitoring and coordinating coverage on disasters. He added the unit will be sent overseas if necessary and that the police and fire departments will be asked to train the reporters in disaster coverage.
RTM has the cooperation of the Meteorological Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Bukit Aman Police and the National Security Council.