Swimming pools at fire stations, to help firemen and school children

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MARANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has announced plans to build swimming pools at fire stations nationwide, to help develop swimming skills among students and fire department personnel.

Ministry secretary-general Mohammad Mentek said firefighters would be able to improve their skills, while trained personnel could give swimming lessons and teach schoolchildren rescue techniques.

“This is something new and I have asked the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia to identify suitable locations for the swimming pools to be built in each state,” he said at the end of a fire safety training programme at the East Region Fire and Rescue Academy in Wakaf Tapai here today.

In another development, Mohammad said the ministry is drafting a standard operating procedure on the resale of affordable houses under the affordable housing policy.

He said minister Zuraida Kamaruddin recently proposed in the Dewan Rakyat for rules to be established for original house owners to sell back their house to the government.

“This is the best way to control prices and ownership to ensure that the houses are not sold to non-eligible buyers,“ he said.