SHAH ALAM, December 25 – The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) have increased their strength with 391 other personnel to help with relief and rehabilitation work after the floods in Taman Sri Muda here and Kampung Bukit Lanchong in Subang Jaya.
MAF chief Gen. Tan Sri Affendi Buang said that initially 109 people had been mobilized for the clean-up operation in the areas affected by the floods.
“With the additional staff today, we have a staff of 500 to help with the cleanup operation.
“Our troop will focus on affected public facilities such as places of worship and schools,” he said during Ops Murni’s press conference here today.
According to Affendi, MAF will mobilize assets including backhoes, dumpers and other equipment that have been organized for the relief efforts after the floods, adding that they will coordinate with Shah Alam City Council.
Meanwhile, regarding the deployment of MAF assets in Pahang, he said sturdy mobility vehicles suitable for transportation would be mobilized there.
“It involves seven and three ton trucks that can go through flooding outside of the use of our combat boats,” he said.
Meanwhile, Affendi informed that construction of the temporary Compact Bailey Single Lane (CB 200) bridge at Kampung Bemban in Jelebu, Negri Sembilan is underway.
“Construction work on the bridge will begin after the Negri Sembilan works department prepares the embankment,” he said.
Affendi has so far said a company’s strength has been capped at five officers and 97 members and they are on standby in every state to be deployed to flood-affected locations when needed. – Bernama