PORT DICKSON – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to formulate a new law related to the safety of water activities in a bid to curb drowning incidents at recreational spots such as sea and rivers.
Minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar said the proposed law was also aimed at empowering the enforcement of existing ‘no bathing’ warning signboard in high-risk recreational areas.
“Many people have simply disregarded the ‘no bathing’ warning signboard which resulted in untoward incidents such as drowning to occur.
“With the formation of the law, the public will be more compliant with the instruction, just like the compliance of helmet usage and wearing the seat belt by road users,” he told reporters after officiating the Water Safety Awareness Campaign 2018 here today.
Present were state urban wellbeing, housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Jalaluddin Alias, National Water Activity Safety Council Member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Fire and Rescue Department Director-General Datuk Seri Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Noh said the Fire and Rescue Department statistics showed that 65 drowning cases were recorded in the first two months of this year. – BERNAMA