Haze: Face masks to be distributed to schools in Kuala Baram

Lee (wearing red) presenting certificates to a representative of one of the participating schools.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Aug 18: Schools around Kuala Baram, including those in Senadin, Permyjaya and Tudan, will receive disposal face masks starting tommorow, dislcosed Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts And Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

The face masks will be distributed by the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) and Department of Environment (DoE).

“I have spoken to the Miri Disaster Management committee chairman on the distribution, and we have 20,000 face masks readied for the purpose,” he said.

Lee added, the distribution (of face masks) will be carried out despite Miri division’s air pollutant index (API) readings showing an improvement.

A total of six primary schools, two secondary schools, Curtin University Sarawak campus, Miri Industrial Training Institute, the National Youth Training Institute (IKBN) Miri and Miri Community College will receive the disposal face masks.

“The school session will start tomorow, after a one-week break… NREB and DoE will do the distribution, monitored by this division’s disaster community management,” he said, adding the distribution would be rolled out in stages.

Lee disclosed this when met at the closing of the 2nd edition of ‘Bon Festival 2019’ hosted by SM Sains Miri at Coco Cabana this afternoon.

A total of 152 students, from seven schools, including those from Pahang, Putrajaya and Sabah took part in the two-day event which started on August 17 and ends today (Aug 18).

‘Bon’ or ‘Orbon’ is a major Japanese cultural festival held every July or August.

In Miri, SM Sains Miri has organised the event for two consecutive years with the aim of helping its students to gain better understanding of other cultures.

The school has also been offering Japanese language as one of the school’s optional language subjects to its students.

Earlier in his opening speech, Lee lauded efforts made by the school to organise the event as it helps to foster global awareness and international collaboration which he believed would benefited its students.

Also present were Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur representative Sato Osamu and SM Sains Miri principal Dzul Badzli. — DayakDaily