Mahdzir: We will heed Health Min­istry’s ad­vice

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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.

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