11-year-old appeals to health minister to put a stop to haze

Shaydon Teh holding up the letter he wrote to the health minister

SUNGAI PETANI: Frustrated at having missed football practice due to unhealthy air conditions, an 11-year-old boy has picked up the courage to write an appeal letter to the health minister, pleading that something be done to stop the haze which rears its ugly head almost every year in Malaysia.

In a handwritten letter, Shaydon Teh said while the scourge of the haze from the Indonesian forests had disappeared, local factories were spewing noxious smoke into the air.

“On Tuesday, I saw a factory here burning recycled plastics. I felt really sad because my football training was cancelled for three straight weeks because of the haze.

“To make our country better, we must put a stop to the haze,” wrote the boy, who is in Year Seven of a private school.

Shaydon’s father, Reno Teh, said he found the letter in his son’s school bag and had no hand in writing it.

“He loves his football practices and he has been ranting over the matter for the past month or so,” he told FMT, saying he would post the letter, on his son’s behalf, to Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Another view of the letter penned by a 11-year-old schoolboy.

Illegal plastic factories have been alleged to be polluting the air.

A Canadian TV channel had gone undercover to visit the plastic recycling factories and found them to be flouting the law.

Environmental group Persatuan Tindakan Alam Sekitar SP (PTAS), had also claimed that the factories were polluting the air for the past year, using the haze to cover up their operations.

The Kedah government had responded by shutting down more than 20 illegally-operating factories and sealing their equipment.