The Perak Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) Perak has undertaken a security study for the Pangkor area in preparation for the Tax-Free Island which will begins next year.
Its director, Azmi Osman, said the study plan included risk locations including beaches, population density as well as possible hazards that may arise from the premises or accommodation.
"This study is to determine if the location is at risk or not. At first, we will look at the equipment, membership and safety measures that need to be taken.
"Training was also held with ferry operators emphasizing passenger safety as well as training on the beach run by the Perak Fire and Rescue Academy," he said.
Azmi said the results of the study expected to be completed by the end of November would be handed over to the Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu for review.
"The implementation of Pangkor Island as a Tax-free Island will benefit many visitors and firefighters as rescue agencies need to be prepared from the security standpoint.
"With this study, visitors will feel safer and will have an impact on the state economy," he said.
The proclamation of Pangkor Island as a Tax-free Island with a total allocation of RM486 million as one of the high impact projects will be implemented in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Meanwhile, Azmi also emphasized that his party did not compromise any officer who violated his duties until disciplinary action. He said action would be taken including warning and lowering the wage movement.
"To date, we have five disciplinary cases involving failure to attend between one week and 10 days.
"However the numbers are too small and do not affect the whole operation," he said.
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