KUALA LUMPUR: The haze has not only caused serious problems, it has also disrupted people's usual routines, such as hanging out at their favourite mamak stalls.
The Star took to the streets yesterday to find out just how much the haze has changed the lives of people, the young and old, and the sick and healthy, in several of the affected areas.
Students Siti Nur Syaheera, 16, Noor Liyana and Arietha Lutfi, both 17, chose to spend more time at air-conditioned restaurants than sit and chat at their usual mamak stall in the Titiwangsa area, which had remained shut since Thursday.
All three of them had sore throats, but had not seen a doctor.
I don't like to use the mask because it is hot and uncomfortable, said Arietha.
Asthma patient Azrun Khalilah, 34, who was met in the Masjid Jamek area, still complained of headaches although the haze seemed to have cleared slightly yesterday afternoon.
My youngest son who is three is coughing due to the haze. I got medication for him and myself from my husband's clinic, she added.
She said the conical mask provided her with better protection than the surgical mask.
Jessie Yat, 23, a university student, felt that the Government should do more about the haze. I feel secure with the mask on but the Government's reaction is too slow. I hope cloud seeding will be successful.
Vanitha Suparmany, a nurse at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, said she had been busy with many patients coming in for sore throat, cough and asthma complaints.
Even her tea-drinking routines have had to change. I normally go out for tea but due to the haze, I don't any more.
Others, like Hudson Anggah, 18, and Nelson Dubak, 21, have got lucky due to the haze making profits selling facemasks at the Masjid Jamek LRT station.
But they are certainly not obsessed with just profits. We hope the haze will clear soon, said Hudson.