Putrajaya launches disaster relief fund

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at the opening of the National Preparedness Month 2019 in Putrajaya today. (Bernama pic)

CYBERJAYA: The government has agreed to form the National Disaster Relief Fund (TBBN) to encourage the public to assist in disaster management.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the fund will be managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) under the Prime Minister’s Department, and would help the government coordinate donations from various parties including individuals.

Wan Azizah, who also chairs Nadma, said at present, there is no coordination in handling disaster relief donations.

“The government wants to extend this fund to encourage contribution of the private sector, voluntary bodies and individuals on the principle that disaster management is the responsibility of all,” she said at the opening of the National Preparedness Month 2019 here.

She said donations would be kept in the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund (KWABBN) account and would be governed by the KWABBN Trust Deed.