About 300 cases of open burning, forest and peat fires were recorded between August 31 and September 4. This is despite the ban on open burning in several states.
States such as Selangor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya had enforced on open burning since March last year. The ban prohibits all form of open burning in the areas mentioned except for cremation, religious purposes, barbeque and flaring.
According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, smoke from hotspots in south Sumatra is expected to spread across the Straits of Malacca towards the middle of the peninsula.
Yesterday, four areas recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings. According to the Department of Environment’s website, Bukit Rambai in Melaka has the highest API reading of 120, followed by Bandaraya Melaka with 118, Nilai with 117 and Seremban with 108.
Visit this website to check on updated API readings.
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