UM postpones lectures on campus due to haze

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  • Friday, 20 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) has postponed lectures on campus since Wednesday (Sept 18) due to the haze.

The varsity said the decision is in accordance with a statement issued by the Education Ministry's Higher Education Department, adding that it was made after the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in Petaling Jaya was classified as "very unhealthy".

“We have urged our academic centres to conduct teaching and learning through eLearning using the Student Powered e-Collaboration Transforming UM (Spectrum). This is to allow the continuation of teaching and learning throughout this period, ” it said in a statement Friday (Sept 20).

In the statement, UM vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim said the university activated its Disaster Operations Room when the API reading exceeded 200.

“Recognising the dangers of the haze, I encourage students and staff to consult registered medical practitioners immediately in the event of allergic symptoms, cough, cold, sneezing or shortness of breath, especially those with allergies, asthma, heart disease and pregnant women.

“They are also advised to limit their physical activity outside university buildings," he added.

The university said that according to the Universiti Malaya Hazard Procedure 2019, all off-campus activities involving students will be stopped and only essential staff activities are allowed when the API reading exceeds 200.

“All outdoor physical activities require students and staff to cover their nose and mouth using masks, while all outdoor sports and recreational facilities used by the those in campus and the public will be closed.

“When the API readings exceed 300, all student activities will be suspended and official movement of university vehicles must meet essential requirements and the vehicle's headlights must be switched on, ” it said.

The university added that it will discontinue all activities indoors and outdoors except for critical services in the event that the API reading exceeds 400.

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