PUTRAJAYA: The Civil Defence Department (JPAM) is moved to the Prime Minister’s Department under the purview of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to handle natural disasters, as part of the new Cabinet.
Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Shahidan will lead natural disaster management, with JPAM leading the issue related to natural disaster occurrence in the country.
“The decision to move JPAM from the Home Ministry was made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, which is seen as a move to address future natural disasters.
“As for the National Security Council (MKN), the agency will be dealing with issues of national interest together with the defence and security agencies, ” said Ahmad Zahid.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister was speaking to reporters after attending the Home Ministry hi-tea function to welcome two deputy ministers Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Masir Kujat as well as the departure of Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuaku Jaafar, here at the ministry.
[Source : NST Online]