PUTRAJAYA: Despite the haze situation improving, cloud-seeding will be carried out over several areas in the northern region from Tuesday.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said the Government decided that the operations be conducted irrespective of the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.
“We carried out similar exercises in the Klang Valley over the last few days and starting tomorrow (Tuesday) we will concentrate in the northern region,” he told reporters after launching the Zzap 2005 E-Games Asia at the Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology here yesterday.
Zzap 2005 is the country’s first electronic games festival.
The API readings for the whole country, including the northern region as at 11am, had improved over the past few days and were yesterday below the unhealthy level.
On the e-games, Jamaluddin said while it was sometimes viewed with concern by parents, it nevertheless played an important role in the evolution of the Information Technology industry.
He also lamented the fact that many were still unaware that there were many Malaysian IT companies that had become big names in international circles.
Among them, he said, was SilverAnt which supplied animation and games software for Nintendo and Konami, worldwide producers and publishers of arcade games and computer and video software.
Another was Twisted Media, a company offering post-production services which had won the Mobius 2004, a United States award in advertising.
“These companies are more well-known internationally than in Malaysia,” he said.