KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 16): Efforts will be made to reduce the haze in several states in Peninsular Malaysia which have high Air Pollutant Index (API) readings through cloud seeding scheduled today.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis said the cloud seeding process would only be done if the weather conditions and the clouds were favourable, with the focus to be given to Selangor and Johor which still recorded high API readings.
For the cloud seeding operations in Selangor, it would be carried out with the cooperation of the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Meteorological Department, with the aircraft leaving from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.
As for schools in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah, they will be closed this Tuesday if the API readings in the affected states still recorded above 200.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Malaysia Day celebration in Kuching, Sarawak, tomorrow, will proceed as planned despite the haze situation.
However, as had been announced, the venue has been changed from Padang Merdeka to the indoor Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya, Kuching.
The transboundary haze phenomenon has also impacted fishermen, in terms of their marine catch and income.
In Melaka, the air quality is reported very unhealthy, especially in Melaka City, and this has forced the cancellation of the opening of the state-level “[email protected] #IniRumahKita 2019” programme which was scheduled at 11.30 am today at the Melaka Historical City Council (MBMB) Square.
Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Action Committee chairman S. Veerapan said based on the State Health Department’s monitoring of the haze situation, there was an increase in cases involving respiratory problems (325 cases), eye infection (67) and asthma (283).
Based on the Malaysian Air Pollution Index Management System (APIMS) portal, as of 6 pm yesterday, 26 areas across the country recorded unhealthy air quality with API readings of below 200, while four areas recorded very unhealthy air quality, namely Kuching (210), Samarahan (204), Melaka City (215) and Tangkak (249).
Areas with unhealthy air quiality are Putrajaya (128); Banting (129) and Johan Setia Klang (113) in Selangor; Nilai (126), Seremban (128) and Port Dickson (188) in Negeri Sembilan; Alor Gajah (163) and Bukit Rambai (190) in Melaka; Segamat (170), Batu Pahat (166), Kluang (132) and Larkin (125) in Johor; Rompin (128), Temerloh (126), Indera Mahkota Kuantan (158), Balok Baru Kuantan (108) in Pahang.
In Sarawak, areas with unhealthy air are ILP Miri (130); Miri (109); SK Kuala Baram 2 (111); Samalaju (121); Bintulu (149); Mukah (131); Sibu (155); Sarikei (172) and Sri Aman (175), while in Sabah, Tawau recorded API reading of 128.
An API reading of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and 301 and above, hazardous.
More information on the latest API readings can be obtained at APIMS portal at apims.doe.gov.my.