Schools in Melaka ordered closed tomorrow


MELAKA: The Melaka state government has instructed all 313 primary and secondary schools plus all pre-schools, including Tadika Perpaduan, Kemas, to be closed starting tomorrow due to the haze.

Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron said the Air Pollutant Index (API) in Melaka town had reached the hazardous level of 397 while Bukit Rambai recorded 456 as of 2pm, Sunday.

“We were directed by the Education Ministry to close all schools and remain closed until further notice and I hope our children will not be allowed to leave the house as it may be detrimental to their health,” he said after officiating the Urban Transformation Centre’s (UTC) first anniversary, here, today.

He added that government agencies and departments were reminded to be cautious and to always use face masks.

Idris added that 25,000 face masks were distributed through the Melaka Education Department after receiving the consignment.

Meanwhile, in KUANTAN, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob ordered schools in the district and areas badly affected by the haze to close starting tomorrow.

“Looking at the situation (haze) today, it’s bad…visibility is low and it’s hard to breathe.

“It’s dangerous for our children to go to school tomorrow,” he said after the launch of the Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre, Zenith Hotel and Menara Zenith Putra Square, here, today. – BERNAMA