DOE says Klang Valley air unhealthy, elsewhere average levels


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Jun 2003

PETALING JAYA: The air quality in the Klang Valley is at an unhealthy level, while the rest of the country faced moderate readings.  

Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Rosnani Ibarahim said hotspots in central Sumatra and changes in wind direction towards peninsular Malaysia were contributing to the haze and poor air quality faced by Malaysians in the last few days. 

She said the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) in Singapore had reported 52 hotspots in Sumatra and 76 in Kalimantan. 

“The number of hotspots in Indonesia have reduced, while Malaysia has not recorded any hotspot,” she said in a statement yesterday. 

Rosnani said there were improvements reported in Perlis and Kedah, which marked healthy levels, while Malacca and Negri Sembilan recorded poor air quality. However, several areas in Perak, the Klang Valley and Malacca had poor visibility levels in the morning. 

Rosnani reminded the public not to conduct open burning to avoid contributing to the haze and to report such activities to the DOE at 03-8889 1972, and the Fire and Rescue Department at 03-8888 0336.  

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