Sunday, June 23, 2013

Education Ministry Urged To Take Steps To Protect Young Against Haze

Yesterday the haze was already quite bad seen from my kids' school. Still, we were happy to let them carry on with activities, most indoor anyway such as with their Tae Kwon Do training.

Today matters are far worse. I am sitting in a cafe in Taman Tun with both sides open to the street. Usually this results in a cool and pleasant breeze. Today, the breeze carries an unattractive Haze odour.

Today my mother started compalining about eye irritation from being out to a majlis. Today my sister has her asthmatic kids wearing masks indoors. Today I can still catch a scent of the Haze in the corridors of a private hospital my wife is resting in.

But today is neither a school day nor a working day. The government plans to seed the clouds so that rain may wash this haze away. Good, but we still need to stay indoors to avoid the acidic rain that will come, which is possible as it is not a school or working day.

Will it be worse tomorrow? Does anyone know enough to guide the powers that be on this? No matter, I would suggest that the Ministry of Education can do one thing to at least reassure the people that all is being considered to protect the young. Declare tomorrow, Monday, 24 June 2013, an emergency day off for all schools.

There are no exams at the moment, and calling a day off for the kids will keep them indoors, reduce smog contributing traffic from the roads in the mornings especially, and perhaps get some parents staying home and not driving fossil fuel engines too for a day.

But it is only worthwhile doing this if the government is planning something aggressive about the haze. This is war against man's destructive tendencies, and our children are the first victims that may fall.

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Arunzab said...

This is what happens when Indonesia (satu rumpun) who have no respect for their neighbors and do as they please year in and year out. Only this time the smog is overbearing.
Our govt must sort the root of the problem, but alas cow down to our bigger brother for fear of offending them .

Yes indeed in a situation like this the young and the old must be protected what ever it takes.

Anonymous said...

salam bro.

harap ayahanda anda sihat2 hendaknya.kementerian pendidikan sekarnag tengah celaru.kementerian dah nama kementerian pendiddikan tapi pengarah masih nama pengarah pelajaran, pejabat masih nama pejabat pelajaran dan seterusnya...tupun nasib tsmy tegur n nasihat najib kalau tak tak pasal2 sebut nama panjang-kementerian pelajaran dan pengajian tinggi...dulu tun buat kementerian pendidikan comel dah...

berbalik pada topik...kementerian pendidikan ni cakna ke kepada pelajar dan guru serta kakitangan sekolah..ISN menegah atlet kalau ipu lebih 100...sekolah cuma boleh dipertimbangkan tutup sekiranya ipu 250 hingga 300...dan akan d tutup sekiranya melebihi 300...

kenapa kementerian tsmy ni celaru sangat ni...lekeh sangat ke budak sekolah ni...nampak sangat ISN lebih sayang dekat atlet berbanding kementerian pendidikan...


Anonymous said...

All schools must be air -conditioned. We have the money. Why are our children made to study in the tropical heat when it has been proven that cooler temperatures are more conducive to learning.

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