Management of inquiries into disasters: Experts’ views and perspectives


  • M. S. Aini, PhD
  • A. Fakhru’l-Razi, PhD



disaster, public inquiry, accidents, tribunal


In most democratic countries, inquiries are conducted into major accidents. One of the main functions of inquiries into disasters is to establish the causes and to learn lessons from them so as to prevent a recurrence. However, previous studies showed that the learning aspect is often curtailed because of the inadequate guides to the conduct and procedures of inquiry management. A study was conducted to determine the disaster experts’ views and perspectives on management of disaster inquiries. A sample of 80 experts representing various organizations in Malaysia was selected using judgmental sampling method. The data indicated that they were less agreeable with regards to statements about recommendations and learning aspects as compared with function and procedural issues. Suggestions for improvements of inquiry management into disasters were discussed and proposed. Inquiry into disasters is costly to manage and may last from a few months to a few years; thus, these shortcomings ought to be addressed as they will remain as one of the valuable sources of information for society and corporations to learn from past incidents.

Author Biographies

M. S. Aini, PhD

Department of Resource Management and Consumer Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

A. Fakhru’l-Razi, PhD

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.


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