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MCPF urges crackdown on firecracker peddlers, smugglers in light of recent death

KUCHING (28/06/2017): The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has called for stricter enforcement on the sale and distribution of firecrackers to prevent mishaps resulting in child injury and even death.
Its senior vice-chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said such incidents could be avoided if authorities could prevent the contraband items from being smuggled into the country and sold on the open market.
Lee said he was appalled upon learning that illegal firecrackers could be easily bought at pasar malam and even Ramadan bazaars during the fasting month.
“Every year, there are cases of people, especially children, losing their fingers and risking the possibility of becoming blind from playing firecrackers.
“But there are still people selling the contraband items at markets.
“It all comes down to enforcement. We need to intensify checks at the border to prevent irresponsible quarters from smuggling firecrackers.
“At the same time, constant monitoring is needed to nab peddlers of the contraband at night markets and bazaars,” Lee told the New Straits Times when contacted today.
Lee said parents must also play their role in protecting children from firecrackers and fireworks, including notorious homemade ones such as the “meriam buloh”.
He was commenting on the case of a 12-year-old boy who died after firecrackers he was playing with exploded at Kampung Bintawa Hilir, Petra Jaya near here on Sunday.
In the 12.15am incident, Haiqal Hakim Zolpaka succumbed to severe head injuries when the firework exploded at close range.



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