Tuesday, June 12, 2007

999 Is The Number For All Emergency Calls From Next Year

SEREMBAN, June 11 (Bernama) -- Effective next year, only "999" will be used as the common number for all emergency calls, Internal Security Ministry Secretary-General Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said.
He said this was in line with efforts to coordinate all emergency calls made to the relevant authorities like police, health and fire and rescue departments as well as other security agencies.
He said the move would overcome the problem of "missed calls" and crank calls.
"There're complaints from the public that we've too many numbers for emergency calls, and that sometimes the calls will go unanswered," he told reporters after attending a parade marking the end of training for Civil Defence Department (JPA3) personnel here today.
Abdul Aziz said Telekom Malaysia would be tasked to handle the new system.
Callers and locations of all emergency calls would be traced to address the problem of hoax calls which now reaches the 98 per cent level, he added.
The present numbers for emergency calls are 991 to the JPA3, 994 (Fire and Rescue Department) and 999 (police and ambulance).

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