Hot weather: Cabinet Mulls Over Proposal to Extend School Holidays

By Rosli Mansor

The issue of heat stroke is becoming a hot topic. Recently, the ministry discussed whether to extend the school holidays or not, following the extremely hot weather phenomenon that is currently hitting the country.

Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government has coordinated cooperation with various parties to help the people cope with the phenomenon, including cooperation with the state government, local authorities (PBT) and the Ministry of Health to monitor and help those affected by heat stroke.

“I think that should be discussed at (the) Cabinet level,” he said in an online news report yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid who is also the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee said that the report of the meeting related to heat stroke had been submitted to him and coordination efforts between the ministries and departments involved were underway.

“Currently the climate in our country has changed with the heat starting to hit, especially in Kelantan with two deaths. The Health Ministry has also taken certain measures, and we advise the people in the heat-affected areas to be able to drink more clean water.

“I was informed by MetMalaysia that this heat will end in the middle of May. So I hope that even though this is a new phenomenon, we need to be vigilant and take some health measures,” he said.

Two deaths have been confirmed as a result of heat stroke involving a one-year-seven-month-old girl and an 11-year-old boy in Kelantan.

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