Dept targets to have more non-Bumis in force

SIBU: The Malaysian Civil Defence Department (JPAM) hopes to recruit more non-Bumiputeras into the force next year, its state director Colonel Che Othman Hussin said yesterday.

LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER: Abu Seman (second left) officiating at the closing ceremony.

LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER: Abu Seman (second left) officiating at the closing ceremony.

“As a multi-racial country, we don’t want to see JPAM dominated by Bumiputeras, so we really hope the Chinese would consider joining the force.

“We believe everyone, regardless of race, should be involved in our programmes,” he said, adding that it was living up to the 1Malaysia spirit.

Speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony of a training programme of JPAM   Sibu division,  he said his department targeted to recruit about 1,500 members next year, and he hoped to see more participation from the Chinese.

Currently in Sarawak, according to him, there are more than 5,000 JPAM members and the Chinese account for less than 10 per cent.

He said as part of the efforts to increase the members this year,  department had recruited 1,300 volunteers out of the targeted 1,500.

As facilities and equipment were important, he said the department hoped to acquire more assets to help during emergencies.

He said currently the department had stationed at least one ambulance in every division, with the exception of Limbang and Kapit as there were no JPAM in the two places.

In his speech during the function, Che Othman urged JPAM members to equip themselves with the relevant skills and knowledge.

A political secretary to the chief minister Abu Seman Jahwie, who is Jemoreng assemblyman, officiated at the closing ceremony.

Abu Seman advised the members to have a wider knowledge about rescue activities and related matters.

Sibu Resident Sim Kok Kee was among those present.

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