Malaysia’s Education Ministry on Monday (19th Dec) announced the postponement of the start of the 2015 school session for the whole country by one week because of the floods in several states.
The new school session for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Johor was originally scheduled to begin on 4th Jan and for the other states, on 5th Jan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the new school session would begin on 11th Jan for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Johor, and on 12th Jan for the other states.
“The postponement is inevitable due to the use of several schools as flood evacuation centres and floods at several other schools. It will take time for the teachers, parents and schoolchildren affected by the floods to make the necessary preparations,” he said in a statement.
See the pictures from the floods here:
* Pictures from The Star.
Meanwhile, food items and relief supplies have begun arriving by air to Kelantan at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, including donations by ordinary Malaysians and non-governmental organisations.
If you too would like to extend whatever help you can (be it via donations or offering to volunteer), here are 11 ways to do so.
The flood victims will be needing the most basic of daily supplies such as:
- Clean/fresh water
- Food (Canned and dry)
- Toilet paper
- Gas cookers
- Milk formula
- Sanitary pads
More so now than ever, it’s time for us to put our differences aside and come together as Malaysians to help them out. Remember, all efforts, however big or small, counts!