The Haze is here: March 2014


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Palanivel yesterday announced that Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya were declared banned areas for open burning with immediate effect following the worsening of the air quality in these states.

Malaysian Insider

Some 1,441 open burning cases detected up to March 12, says Palanivel – Bernama

March 14, 2014

The Port Klang area today registered hazardous levels on the API index as the dry spell prolongs. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 14, 2014.The Port Klang area today registered hazardous levels on the API index as the dry spell prolongs. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 14, 2014.

A total of 1,441 cases of open burning nationwide have been detected up to March 12 this year, mainly from forest and agricultural areas.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the agricultural areas recorded the highest cases of 491 cases, followed by 296 in forest areas.

“Industrial areas recorded 18 cases, construction areas (47), rubbish disposal sites (25), bushes (294) and other open burnings (270).

Video: Haze: 12 locations unhealthy, 1 dangerous



Malaysian Insider

Klang schools ordered to close as haze worsens

March 13, 2014

A Malaysian official distributes face masks during a hazy day at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 13, 2014.A Malaysian official distributes face masks during a hazy day at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 13, 2014.

In keeping with the Education Ministry’s circular on haze, schools in the Klang district have been ordered to close tomorrow after Port Klang reached a very unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) reading.

The Selangor education department director Datuk Mahmud Karim issued the directive after the API reading in Port Klang showed 233 or very unhealthy.

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

The API is calculated based on five major air pollutants, namely sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ground level ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter with a diameter below 10 micrometres (PM10).

“The schools will be closed on Friday and will be reopened depending on the API readings,” the Star Online quoted Mahmud as saying tonight.

If the API reaches 200, schools can close!


Malaysian Insider

Principals can close schools if haze worsens, says Muhyiddin – Bernama

March 04, 2014

Principals and headmasters can close schools under their jurisdiction if the air pollutant index (API) reading exceeds 200 during the current haze enveloping the Klang Valley, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said the Education Ministry had activated the standing instruction for schools to take the appropriate action should the haze worsen.

The principals and headmasters had only to notify the district education officer of the closure of their schools, he told a news conference after chairing the 67th meeting of the National Council for Local Government in Putrajaya.
If the API reading exceeded 150, all outdoor activities would have to be scrapped, he added.

Malaysian Insider photos



The haze has gotten worse in Kuala Lumpur today as seen in this picture taken from Level 67, Tower 2, KLCC, at 4pm. – Pic by Norkhairil Mohamad, March 3, 2014.

The Sun on a hazy morning

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Free Malaysia Today

How accurate are our haze readings?

| March 3, 2014


The API showed a reading of 92 in Petaling Jaya at 2pm but pictures taken and from observation the condition seems to be far from moderate.

ETALING JAYA: Although the Department of Environment’s (DOE) Air Pollutant Index (API) showed only Port Klang at an unhealthy level, observation shows other areas to be equally bad.

In Petaling Jaya, pictures taken by FMT showed buildings shrouded by haze although its API reading was only at 92.

The readings at 25 other areas were also recorded as moderate.

The API reading for Port Klang as of 2pm  today is at 117, the only area which is at an unhealthy level.

At 11am yesterday, Port Klang’s API reading was the highest at 124, followed by Seremban (111), Putrajaya (112) and Banting (108).

The API classifies readings from 0 to 50 as good, 51 to 100 as moderate, 101 to 200 as unhealthy, 201 to 300 as very unhealthy and readings of 301 and above as hazardous.

Centre for Environment, Technology and Development (Cetdem) executive director Anthony Tan questioned whether the DOE was taking readings from one particular place or several places in an area.

“Where exactly are the instruments placed and are they static or mobile?” asked Tan.

NST photos


Two sources of haze this time:
*The haze is the result of commencement of forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, which is off the west coast of the peninsula.

*This is coupled with the current dry season, which is expected to last until the end of the month.


Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 7:31:37 PM

Haze: Klang Valley air at unhealthy range (Update 6pm)

PETALING JAYA: First the water, now the haze.

It looks like Klang Valley residents can’t find any respite in the weather. Having to endure weeks of disrupted water supply, they now have to contend with the haze.


1:34PM Mar 3, 2014

Haze at ‘unhealthy’ level in six areas

Five areas, mostly in the Klang Valley, have breached the 100 Air Pollutant Index mark as of 6pm today.

According to the data available on the Department of Environment’s website, the five areas are Putrajaya (110), Banting (117), Port Klang (131), Cheras (105) along with Manjung (107) and Taiping (102) in Perak.

Seven areas – Batu, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Selangor, Perai, Sungai Petani and Muar – are inching closer towards 100 API reading mark.


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