Media Statement by Chiew Chin Sing, Chairman DAP Bintulu Branch ,DAP Sarawak Deputy Chairman and Sarawak State Assemblyman for Kidurong on 8th, August 2009
Statement Assemblyman for Kidurong Chiew Chin Sing said that the government is not setting a good example to the people in combating haze by continuing on with the Kite Festival and allowing people to fly kite outdoor.
We know that the children being who they are will emulate. When they see that the government is allowing people to fly kite outdoor, they will follow and play out door also.
They are others too, even NGO when they see what the government is doing they could take out door activities in haze lightly also. People in other areas, in fact may be a lot of the people in Sarawak, what haze, they said, you see the government the kite festival is on in Bintulu and people are flying kite outdoor.
But when the burnt smell of the haze comes hitting at one’s face and we inhale in the toxic air, it is surely far too serious that the second hand smoke.
Perhaps one who inhale the hase would not feel anything today but surely that would have left a time bomb in your body.
If the government cares about the health of its people, she will never ask anyone to go out door to fly kite when the haze situation is above the healthy level. She will also never allow the plantation to go on burning without any supervision. And she would have been able to reach an agreement with Indonesia to control the haze from there.
Every year the people of Sarawak suffer haze attack. This is not only right but tantamount to harming the health of our people. Does the government really care?
It is regrettable that the government cares more of its name than the health of the people by continuing to organize the Kite Festival thereby putting the health of the people at risk.
We cannot accept a government which only cares about the Kite Festival while putting the health of the people at second place
When we are faced up with the attack of unhealthy haze, we must act wisely and rationally to ensure the health of our people.
Chiew Chin Sing.