KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 – The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (LPM) will launch a special operation dubbed ‘Operasi Payung’ at all flood prone areas to ensure smooth running of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations which will begin on Monday.
The operation will involve 15 relevant agencies, including the Education Ministry, Health Ministry, National Security Council (MKN), Royal Malaysian Police, Civil Defence Department, Fire and Rescue Department and Social Welfare Department (JKM). “LPM will also seek MKN’s advice to ensure safety at any flood-hit examination centres. If the safety aspect is secured, the examination will be held at the centres as scheduled.
“If compromised, the examination will be held at a safe alternative place,” LPM said in a statement to Bernama here today. While stressing that the safety of candidates and personnel involved in handing the examination would remain a priority, the LPM said candidates, who were stranded or having difficulties to reach the examination centre due to floods, would be allowed to take shelter at the nearest examination centre.
A cancellation or postponement of the examination paper would be the last resort and the decision about the matter would be announced through the media, the statement said. LPM said maximum security control would also be given to the examination papers to prevent any leaks. “In case of floods, the examination papers will be transferred to an alternative vault with the Education Ministry and the police providing the security control,” the statement said.
Candidates in flood prone areas were also advised to stay at their friend’s or relative’s house to enable them to sit for the examination as schedule. In SEREMBAN, Negeri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said 35 boats were already on standby mode at each fire station statewide as a preparation to face floods.
Also prepared were five five-tonne lorries to transfer the boats and other equipment, including safety jackets and ropes, to the flood-hit areas. Norazam said among the flood prone areas in the state were Gemas, Rantau, Labu, Tampin, Kuala Pilah and Port Dickson. He also called on parents to monitor the movement of their children and prevent them from going to low-lying areas, including canals and rivers.
“Not only residents at the low-lying areas have to be careful, those on high grounds should also take caution as heavy rains can also cause landslides,” he said. Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan JKM director Abdullah Hanafi also told Bernama that they were prepared to open up to 130 relief centres that could accommodate 36,940 flood evacuees statewide with at least two JKM officers at each centre to help the victims.
He said the department had also identified 47 suppliers to supply food to flood evacuees at each centre, while other necessities, such as pillow, blankets and mats, were available at all JKM district stores.