Be vigilant, minister reminds public

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah signs the Hari Raya Aidilfitri card while State Bomba director Khirudin Drahman (left), his deputy Tiong Ling Hii (rear) and others look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: In view of the coming Aidilfitri celebration, the public, especially women, have been reminded to be vigilant.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said extra attention must be given when in the kitchen.

“I would like to remind the women busy with Aidilfitri preparations, from baking cakes and biscuits to cooking dishes, to be careful. This is important especially when numerous appliances are being used.

“We must remember the 3L (Lupa, Leka dan Lalai) as it may lead to fire incidents. All of us would like to celebrate safely,” she said during the launching of a fire safety campaign at the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) headquarters here on Monday (May 10). 

Fatimah also pointed out that parents and guardians must monitor their children.

“Children cannot be allowed to play with firecrackers and fireworks on their own so there must be adult supervision.”

She added that Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be always adhered to in order prevent cases.

On another note, Fatimah urged for the formation of a fire prevention team in villages and longhouses.

“In my constituency, we rely on the fire and rescue station in Mukah. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the closest village, but it would take longer for villages that are further.

“I view the establishment of a fire prevention team is important because they are the first line of defence in the event of a fire.

“Members of the community should volunteer and be trained on how to put out fires. They are the ones who would work together while waiting for Bomba to arrive.”

Fatimah added that the people’s representatives could provide assistance such as basic equipment needed for the teams.

“For my constituency, we have provided a boat so that the team can reach villages that are not accessible by roads, equipment like water pump as well as a mini fire station for storage.

“We can work together with Bomba who will provide the necessary training.”

She also praised Sarawak Bomba for the various initiatives undertaken to educate the public.