KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has expressed concern over the deteriorating air quality and asked for immediate measures to implement cloud seeding in Sabah's west coast.
"The situation is worrying because of the deteriorating air quality, which can cause respiratory problems, poor visibility and pose a danger to air and road traffic,’’ he said in a statement released on Monday after he met officials of the Fire and Rescue Department, the Meteorological Department and the Department of Environment on the worsening haze situation in Sabah.
He said the biggest contributor to the haze was peat forest fires in the Binsuluk forest reserve in Beaufort and Kota Klias.
He said firemen and state Forestry Department personnel are coordinating their efforts to battle the fires in Binsuluk.
"I have spoken to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau and asked him to rectify the situation and possibly conduct cloud seeding as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Musa also directed the state disaster relief committee and district-level committees to be alert and report any open burning.
"I also ask the public to be responsible and not resort to open burning that would worsen the haze situation.
"The public should also limit outdoor activities due to the poor air quality,’’ he added.
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