SHAH ALAM, 4 Jan: The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, urged the people to be vigilant following the episode of monsoon rains that will hit areas exposed to the risk of flooding, starting January 7 or 8.
In a statement published on the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) website, Ewon said that the waters of Pahang, East Johor, Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan are exposed to strong winds at 60 km/h and waves as high as 4.5 metres.
“MetMalaysia expects for an episode of monsoon rains to occur starting January 7 or 8. Hence, I advise people who are exposed to the risk of the monsoon flooding season to always keep themselves updated on the latest weather developments.
“I also advise the public to not carry out recreational activities or sea activities following the Strong Winds and Rough Seas (Second Category) warning where northeast strong winds are at a speed of 50-60 km/h, and waves reaching a height of up to 4.5 metres.
“It will be happening in the waters of Pahang, East Johor, Sarawak, Sabah (inlands, West Coast and Kudat) and the Federal Territory of Labuan, expected to continue until January 4 (today),” he said.
Ewon said that the yellow stage heavy rain warning on December 24 and the orange stage heavy rain warning issued by MetMalaysia for Sabah on December 30 that was effective until January 2 have begun to recover yesterday.
He also reiterated his advice to the people to not trust information on the Jangmi Tropical Storm.
“I also want to remind the people to not trust information spread on social media sites regarding the “JANGMI” Tropical Storm because it has completely disappeared in the Sulu Sea on December 31,” he said.
The public has also been advised to not easily trust information on bad weather or tsunami that is not official because it is being widely spread on social media sites.
Regarding any questions, the public can call the toll-free number 1-300-22-1MET or visit the MetMalaysia website at www.met.gov.my and the MetMalaysia social site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/malaysiamet and twitter at https://twitter.com/malaysiamet.