SAPP WANT SABAH GOVERNMENT TO SET UP OWN 999 CALL CENTRE IMMEDIATELY
KOTA KINABALU, SABAH : The Sabah state government should set up an emergency call centre for the state to ensure faster response in emergencies, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) announced on May 06, 2022.
SAPP Vice-President Gee Tien Siong said that 999 calls from Sabah at present are connected directly to the Malaysian Emergency Response System in Kuala Lumpur before being handed over to the Sabah authorities.
" This is an absurd situation, as if the lives of Sabahans are not important," he told in a statement on Friday, May 06, 2022 in the wake of the death of accident victim Lew Kok Fai, 54 years old, in Kolombong, recently.
He also said the party's deputy president Edward Dagul had made a recommendation in year 2021 for emergency calls not to be diverted to Kuala Lumpur, head quarters. He said the process was impractical and very slow.
" If the authorities fail to prioritise the lives of the people, SAPP will take further political and legal action to force authorities to have an efficient local emergency call centre run by Sabahans familiar with the local geographical location," he said.
Besides that, talk about the accident had been cut off while being diverted to Queen Elizaberth II Hospital said the Sabah Health Department. Not enough details were provided and the caller could not be contacted in six attempts. An ambulance could be sent only when a second caller provided enough details, the department said.
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