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Malaysians have never learned any lesson from Boat Capsized incident in Mersing

Who should be held responsible for this tragedy?

Below is my quick analysis,

The school authorities holds 80% blame for ignoring outdoor activity directives from Education Ministry such as not informing security authorities, not enforcing life jacket safety rule and appointed an inexperienced advisor.

The state and (Federal) government hold 20% for not banning outdoor activities in the dangerous sea area.

Penang dragon boat capsized

A passenger was saved

A passenger was saved

Several passengers without using life jacket drowned in the boat capsized in Mersing three years ago. I did write to The Star about same negligence issue in the Melaka river cruise last year.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/4/10/focus/3660415&sec=focus

More lives would be saved if they followed safety rule of wearing life jackets. It’s expecting to see finger-pointing game on who should be held responsible for this tragedy.

Dragon boat tragedy: Guidelines not followed (Update)

PENANG: Preliminary investigation into Sunday’s dragon boat capsize tragedy here showed that the Chung Ling High School management did not adhere fully to safety guidelines for co-curricular activities issued by the Education Department.

State Education Director Ibrahim Mohammad said the quidelines required the school management to inform the security authorities of the activities to ensure that the students’ safety was monitored.

The department had issued the guidelines to all schools, he told reporters here on Monday.

Ibrahim said the department would enforce the rule by requiring schools to get approval from the department before carrying out any outdoor co-curricular activity.

He said the department did not stop any school recreational activity so long as the academic performance was not affected.

“The school is the only school with water sports activities because it claimed to have students of calibre,” he said.

He added the department had recorded information from the school management and an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

Meanwhile in Putrajaya, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the capsize should be a reminder so the tragedy would not recur.

As such, he said all schools must take greater care when carrying out co-curricular activities as accidents could happen any time.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

“The school concerned is an outstanding school in the field of boat racing. This is the only school in Penang which is said to have its own team and it is not the first time (it has participated in the activity) but has participated for many years.

“But people say death keeps no calendar,” he told reporters after launching the MyID Initiative and Conference of Heads of Public Sector Agencies at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.-Bernama

Learn A Lesson From Dragon Boat Incident – Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 18 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the capsize of the dragon boat on Sunday which resulted in the death of five students and a teacher to be a reminder so that the tragedy will not recur.

As such, he said all schools must take greater care when carrying out co-curricular activities as accidents could happen any time.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

“The school concerned is an outstanding school in the field of boat racing. This is the only school in Penang which is said to have its own team and it is not the first time (it has participated in the activity) but it has participated so for many years.

“But people say death keeps no calendar,” he told reporters after launching the MyID Initiative and Conference of Heads of Public Sector Agencies at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here Monday.

— BERNAMA

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