KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- The police are determined to eradicate the selling of firecrackers and curb the dangerous tendency to play with them during Aidilfitri, following repeated incidences of injuries sustained by children.
"We see some parents even buying firecrackers for their children. They should just say no to their children. We hope to put a stop to this dangerous habit," Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Corporate Communications) assistant head ACP Ramli Mohamed Yusoof said today.
To this end, he said the police would team up with other agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to halt the smuggling of firecrackers.
"The prohibition to play and sell firecrackers is still in force. We appeal to the public to lodge a complaint at the nearest police station if they know of any individual or shop selling the items," he told Bernama when contacted here today.
He said only two types of fireworks were allowed, namely 'Happy Boom' and 'Pop-Pop' as both were considered harmless.
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Firecrackers were banned under the Explosives Amendment Act 1991, following the explosion of the Bright Sparkles firecracker factory in Sungai Buloh the same year, which claimed 26 lives.
Among the popular firecrackers are 'papan', 'bola', 'eggs', 'rockets' and 'ketupat' with the 'mercun bola' being the most dangerous as it can cause serious injuries upon impact.
Meanwhile in TERENGGANU, police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said they were stepping up the monitoring of traders selling firecrackers at Ramadan bazaars.
He said the police would not tolerate anyone found selling firecrackers or letting their children play with them.
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He also advised parents to monitor their children's activities to prevent such mishaps.
"The police are constantly monitoring the entry and sale of all types of firecrackers in the state," he told Bernama when contacted today.
The first reported case this year was in Alor Setar where two teenagers were injured after being struck by a homemade explosive last Wednesday.
Another two children, 12 and 14, in Kuala Terengganu sustained severe injuries yesterday when a bag of 'mercun bola' suddenly exploded.
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