Current onset of hot weather is early and unexpected, says Dr Sim

Dr Sim speaking to the press at Sarawak Bomba headquarters on April 4, 2024

KUCHING, April 4: The recent occurrence of bushfires in Miri has taken everyone by surprise, says Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian today.

Bushfires, usually caused by a spell of hot weather are typically confined to the months of July and August, yet their recent appearance in March was somewhat unexpected.

“This (bush fires) normally happens in July and August. To see it happening in March is a bit surprising,” said Dr Sim when approached by the media after the launch of the Fire Safety Campaign for Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2024 at the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) headquarters.

H said the State usually is more at risk for bushfires in July and August and attributed the early occurrence to climate change.

Dr Sim cited Australia as an example where the government constantly runs campaign to emphasise to the public that even a lit cigarette butt could ignite a devastating fire, particularly during periods of extreme heat.

“They (Australian government) highlight that one careless action can lead to a big fire. So, the public should increase awareness about fire and what are the causes of fire to prevent it from happening,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Bomba director Datu Khirudin Drahman highlighted the importance of practising the ABC elements—Act, Behaviour, and Condition.

“The ABC elements start with ourselves. Before Bomba arrives at the scene, it is important for the people involved to take appropriate actions and bring themselves to safety,” said Khirudin. — DayakDaily