Nie Ching: Explain why schools closed in Sarawak but open elsewhere

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The Education Ministry must explain why schools in red zones nationwide can be reopened from tomorrow when Sarawak has decided to keep them closed due to the spread of Covid-19 cases, said Teo Nie Ching.

“If they think that schools are unsafe to be open for red zones in Sarawak, why is it safe for us in the other parts of Malaysia,” said the former deputy education minister in a statement today.


She was referring to the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) decision to keep schools in the state’s red zone districts closed until March 14.

The schools in Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri will be affected by this decision.

Earlier, the Education Ministry allowed for the reopening of schools from tomorrow.

“The decision is no different than a slap to the Ministry of Education. Basically, the Sarawak state government is saying ‘I disagree with you’,” said Teo.

She noted that Sarawak was currently under the conditional movement control order while states such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang were still under the movement-control order (MCO).

“Aren’t these factors all indicators that the Covid-19 situation in these states are also very critical?

“So, what are the factors being used to decide that schools in Sarawak red zones stay closed until March 14, while the schools in other states’ red zones can re-open?

“What are the measuring indicators employed to arrive at a scientific and logical conclusion that it is indeed safe to re-open schools?”

On February 27, Sarawak recorded 255 new Covid-19 cases, while Selangor had 862, Johor (314), Perak (305) and Kuala Lumpur (117).

Total active cases in Sarawak as at yesterday were 2,397 cases, Johor (2,734), Selangor (3,002), Perak (3,626) and Kuala Lumpur (2,911).

The Kulai MP said the education ministry must convince Malaysians that its decision to reopen schools from tomorrow was made professionally backed by proof and proper analysis.

The ministry must also show that it had given equal considerations for the kids in red zones outside Sarawak, she added. – TMI