KUANTAN – The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has issued an advisory for residents in flood-prone areas to prepare for early evacuation as a precautionary safety measure. This announcement comes in response to the impending Northeast Monsoon season.

According to BERNAMA News Agency, JBPM director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin emphasized the importance of readiness for evacuation, especially for families with children, pregnant mothers, and individuals with illnesses. “What we are concerned about is that the flood waters increase rapidly at night, and in terms of rescue operations, it will be quite difficult and dangerous as we cannot see clearly from a distance and if there are any obstacles while traversing the flooded areas,” he explained. Residents are urged to bring important documents and basic necessities when instructed to evacuate.

Abdul Wahab stressed that it is crucial for residents to heed the advice of security agencies and cooperate if asked to evacuate early. He made these remarks at a press conference after officiating the Pahang JBPM Outstanding Service Awards, conferment of ranks, and ‘Jasamu Di Kenang’ event. The event was also attended by state JBPM director Datuk Dr. Wan Mohammad Zaidi Wan Isa.

In a related statement, the Malaysian Meteorological Department announced that the Northeast Monsoon is expected to start on November 11 and will continue until March next year. The initial phase of the monsoon, from November to January, is anticipated to bring episodes of heavy rain in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, and the western part of Sarawak.

Additionally, Abdul Wahab revealed that under the Fourth Rolling Plan of the 12th Malaysia Plan (RP4 12MP), several new fire stations will be established in Pahang, including in Pulau Tioman, Rompin, and Benta, Lipis. This expansion is part of ongoing efforts to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.