Hornbill Unleashed

July 25, 2018

PKR taking issues faced by firemen seriously — See

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 5:43 AM

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak is taking issues faced by firefighters seriously and pledged to pursue them accordingly.

PKR Sarawak vice-chairman See Chee How said among other things, the issues are about the welfare and wellbeing of firefighters, as well as the assets and resources required by the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) to serve the community better.

“We are here to understand the issues and challenges faced by firefighters and Bomba Petra Jaya station so that we can bring their concerns to the federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

“No doubt Bomba Petra Jaya has done a great job. The station covers a huge area including the Santubong peninsula, Matang to Rambongan, and beyond.

“We will try to help bring improvements to areas with weaknesses,” he told reporters after attending a briefing-dialogue at Petra Jaya Bomba station here together with special officers to the federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government Nurhanim Mokhsen, who is also PKR Women Sarawak chief, and Voon Shiak Ni, who is also national PKR Women vice-president.

The visit by the PKR entourage was also to accord appreciation to the firefighters for their dedication and excellent work in serving the community.

Bomba Sarawak Zone 1 chief Johari Dzulkiflie and Bomba Petra Jaya station chief Muhammed Mirza Dzalmira Miraj were also present.

See pointed out that attention is needed in ensuring the safety and welfare of firefighters, who put their lives on the line every day to save and help others.

“During the dialogue, matters related to the allowance for firefighters which was being studied and promised back then, as well as housing for firefighters with lower requirements but big families, were raised. These are issues that need to be addressed and taken seriously,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nurhanim pointed out that the issue on the need for a smaller fire vehicle, which is more suitable, to reach villages and the rural areas where the roads are too small for normal fire trucks, would be brought up to the federal ministry.

“Among the issues we heard from Bomba Petra Jaya today (yesterday) are the challenges to reach ‘kampungs’ (villagers) with normal fire trucks, which are too big and impossible to enter ‘kampung’ roads.

“We will bring this matter further and coordinate with the related departments to see how we can improve this because this is a big problem for the Bomba – most of the time when a fire occurs, it is already too late for them,” she said.

On housing issue, Nurhanim noted that servicemen with lower incomes also desire to own a house of their own and in this respect, she pledged to raise this with the ministry as well.

Meanwhile, Johari agreed that the government should consider providing Bomba Sarawak with smaller but reliable and high-performing firefighting vehicles to allow them to reach villages and rural areas with small roads.

“Considering the terrains and geographical challenges in Sarawak, we need smaller firefighting vehicles that are more suitable.”

On the visit, Johari commended that it was a recognition and motivation for the team to strive harder and serve the community better.

“We hope that there would be more opportunities for discussions and dialogues in the future to hear our needs and challenges faced from time to time,” he added.

Source : The Borneo Post Online by Karen Bong


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