ANYONE who thinks that firecrackers are banned in Malaysia should come to my neighbourhood during any festive season.
The number of illegal firecrackers set off is nothing short of prodigious. Most obnoxious of all is the Air Bomb, which seems to have a ready market in Rawang any month of the year.
These fire hazards are set off mostly in the wee hours of the morning. I cannot find a more anti-social way of ushering in a big day – firecrackers contribute to air and noise pollution, generate litter and pose a danger to people and property.
I would urge the fans of Air Bombs to light these despicable things within the confines of their bedrooms because their neighbours are less keen than they are on having phone conversations and sleep interrupted and babies and pets terrified by loud, intrusive explosions and lawns scorched and littered with spent firework shells.
Has the ban on firecrackers been lifted surreptitiously or is the legislation but a farce?
WONG EE LYNN,