News: Dept freezes leave for its personnel

The Star, 9 Jan 2013

PUTRAJAYA: The Fire and Rescue Department has frozen leave for its personnel in four states as part of preparations for the tropical storm that is expected to lash the East Coast of the peninsula.

Some 2,500 fire and rescue officials in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor will be affected by the order, said department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.

The move came in spite of the latest announcement made by the National Security Council that the warning of downpours and strong winds was lifted as of 8.35pm on Monday.

The authorities had earlier warned of a tropical storm which was forecast to hit the coastal areas of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu yesterday.

“We have ordered our personnel not to take leave until the situation returns to normal,” Wan Mohd Nor said after handing out appointment letters to 27 Fire Science Diploma graduates here yesterday.

He advised the general public to remain calm during the wet season and to distance themselves from beaches and coastal areas for the time being.