Motac’s agency saves documents from floods

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE

THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) through its agency the National Archives of Malaysia (ANM) has mobilised a Record Disaster Action Team to assist government offices in rescuing documents affected by the floods.

Its secretary general Datuk Dr Noor Zari Hamat (picture) said the focus would be on the states worst hit by the disaster, especially Selangor and Pahang.

He said more than 10 million records in government departments and government-linked companies (GLCs) had been affected by the floods in various states but most of them could be salvaged and the process is done by conservation work through isolation, cleaning and drying.

“Among the records that had been affected in the flood disaster included patients’ personal record books, financial and accounting departments’ records, teachers’ teaching plans, admission application records, passport application forms, contract documents, tenders, maps, building plans, microfilms and X-ray films.

“The efforts carried out by the ANM can help government offices save the country’s valuable records which are important for operations and activities to continue after the flood disaster,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Noor Zari added that the ANM has conducted advisory services and record conservation assistance affected by the flood disaster to more than 50 government departments and GLCs.

Among the organisations affected by the floods included the Agriculture Department, Public Works Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department, Health Office, Health Clinic, Hotel De Palma, Social Security Organisation, TM Point, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd, and more.