11 September 2019
Press statement by MCA Vice President Datuk Tan Teik Cheng
Mid-autumn moon enveloped by haze; Yeo Bee Yin must act
Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin must be taken to task for her slow reaction in tackling the haze which has been enveloping Malaysia for six weeks now since July. It was only on 10 Sept 2019 that she began to act by interacting with Indonesia to discuss possible solutions.
This disaster from Indonesia recurs year after year. Although the previous government was not able to completely resolve the problem, at least it still eased and controlled the spread of the haze. However, the current new government has been slow to act resulting with the masses being deeply affected.
Classes for students have been suspended while Year 6 students are forced to sit for their UPSR examinations with the haze. The health of Malaysian citizens and non-citizens residing here are deeply threatened, people are demotivated and the national economy is hit. We are deeply saddened by this situation. Even with one major festival approaching of which folklore makes references to a full moon, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival will be different when smoke particles cause the moon to go missing!
The Pakatan government failed to do an efficient job at coordination and advance prevention. Its diplomatic ties and crisis management with Indonesia appears to be feeble, with the problem growing more serious. What is currently being done is only some post-remedialworks. However, the rakyat are also suffering from the effects of the haze.
Yeo Bee Yin’s performance needs to be much improved. Apparently, her handling of environment disaster issues casts doubts as to her suitability for the post of MESTECC. From the previous incidents involving air and chemical contamination in Johor, Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng allowed to resume operations and retain its radioactive wastes in Malaysia to the current haze, Yeo’s performance is a letdown.
Datuk Tan Teik Cheng
MCA Vice President