Mahdzir: We will heed Health Ministry’s advice
ALOR STAR: The Education Ministry will wait for a full report from the Health Ministry on the H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Kelantan before deciding on the need to suspend school sessions in the affected areas.
It s mi n i s t e r, Da t u k Se r i Mahdzir Khalid, said the ministry would heed the Health Ministry advice, should there be a need to suspend school sessions.
“We will decide on the neces- sary action based on the full report from the Health Ministry,” he said at SJKC Keat Hwa (S) here yesterday, where he handed over special financial allocation for Chinese vernacular schools in Kedah and Perlis from the Federal Government.
He was commenting on the H5N1 outbreak in Kelantan, which saw the state government declaring the outbreak a state disaster under Order 20 of the National Security Council (MKN 20) yesterday.
In his speech, Mahdzir said Malaysia was the only country in Southeast Asia that retained vernacular schools while other countries had replaced them with a single education system.
He said the government had made it clear that vernacular schools, established based on the understanding reached among the country’s forefathers, must be protected.