KUALA LUMPUR, March 2, 2015:
Malaysia and 21 Asian countries have agreed to a common set of standard operating procedures (SOP) to improve disaster management procedures in the region.
The agreement was reached at the 3rd International Medical Emergency Forum (IMEF), an agency under the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
The meeting was chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who took the opportunity to present the SOP at the three-day ICAPP Committee meeting that started yesterday.
“Malaysia will also share its experiences encountered during the flood disaster in December last year and what approaches the government took to improve disaster management, including warning systems and management of evacuation centres,” he told Bernama in Bandar Utama here yesterday.
Shahidan, who is also chairman of the ICAPP Youth Wing, said the meeting provided an opportunity for Malaysia to learn how other countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Japan managed disasters.Representatives from other countries spoke on the importance of protecting water resources and forests to reduce the impact of natural disasters.
A total of 85 delegates from 22 countries attended the three-day conference at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama.
The Malaysian delegation was headed by Shahidan.
ICAPP is a conference involving the ruling parties, the Opposition and the independents in Asia formed in 2000. It aims to improve cooperation and understanding among them.
In conjunction with the conference, several papers will be presented by representatives of countries that have experienced environmental destruction caused by tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides.