Haze worsens in Melaka, events cancelled


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Sep 2019

Melaka is experiencing "very unhealthy" levels of haze with an API reading of 222 on Sept 15, 2019. – Bernama

PETALING JAYA: All sports and outdoor activities in Melaka have been postponed due to the worsening haze situation in the state.

Melaka's Communications, Multimedia, NGO, Youth and Sports Development Committee chairman Kerk Chee Yee said the Melaka Sports Council has decided to delay all kinds of outdoor sporting events, including training programmes following unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) levels in the state.

"As at noon, the reading was 222, at the 'very unhealthy' level.

"Delaying the activities was necessary after considering advice from the Environment Department (DoE), especially on the health risks (posed to) athletes, coaches and spectators," he said in a statement on Sunday (Sept 15).

The decision was made following the cancellation of the opening ceremony for a state-level Merdeka@Komuniti #IniRumahKita programme, which was scheduled to take place in the MBMB Square in Ayer Keroh at 11.30am.

Kerk said the affected activities and programmes would resume at a later date when the haze situation improves.

"The council will work closely with the DOE to monitor the haze situation.

"We also call on other outdoor event organisers, not under the council's purview to follow suit by reducing the health risks of those training during this time," he added.

As at 3pm, three places in Malaysia have recorded very unhealthy API levels while 26 others have unhealthy API.

According to DoE data, API levels in Tangkak, Johor was 258, while Melaka city and Kuching in Sarawak had API levels of 220 and 204 respectively.

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good while 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above is deemed hazardous.

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