Ongoing peat fires in Klang worsens haze situation

THE haze situation in Klang has not improved as the peat fires in Kampung Johan Setia, Jalan Kebun and Jalan Kebun Baru continues.

Bandar Botanic, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, and Bandar Puteri residents, who live closer to Kampung JohanSetia, are the most affected by the thick smoke.

Bandar Botanic resident S. Mary said the situation had gotten from bad to worse over the past few days.

“The burning stench produced by the peat and forest fire is so strong that it chokes the throat. We are forced to live with it even indoors,’’ she said.

R. Prashaandra, 27, from Bandar Puteri finds it difficult to sleep at night, claiming that the haze has affected his health.

“My eyes are itchy and tearing. The haze has also aggravated my sinus problem,’’ he added.

Prashaandra said the housing estate was one of the worst affected by the haze as it was located near Kampung Johan Setia.

Many have opted to put on masks to protect themselves from haze, as seen here in Sungai Way at 12noon.
Many have opted to put on masks to protect themselves from haze, as seen here in Sungai Way at 12noon. 

“Even last night, when I was driving home along the Kesas Highway, I saw a fire in the area,’’ he said

A passerby, Patrick Lau, who was recording on video a peat fire at Kampung Johan Setia, said it was the second fire he had spotted in the last three days.

Two days ago, Lau said, he saw fire in the area and alerted the Fire and Rescue Department.

“I am glad that fire has been put out, but today we have another one and I am contacting the firemen again,’’ he said.

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