Haze: Schools, higher institutions in Johor to close

Haze: Schools, higher institutions in Johor to close

KUALA LUMPUR: The worsening haze has forced 129 schools in Tangkak and 89 schools in Muar, as well as institutions of higher learning including matriculation colleges in Johor to close.

A total of 40,000 students will be affected by the closure.

All schools and kindergartens were also ordered to close today as the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading has reached ‘very unhealthy’ level of 220.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia would support Indonesia in any way possible to tackle the haze.

She said Malaysia had already conveyed the message to Indonesia but up until now there was no request for help.

Yeo said since ASEAN presently did not have any transborder haze act at regional level, the enforcement in relation to the problem must be dealt with according to the individual country.

The Health Ministry has advised that all outdoor sports activities and gatherings be postponed if the Air Pollutant Index (API) exceeds 100 as stipulated in the National Haze Action Plan 2019.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement here today said the move was necessary as outdoor physical activities would increase haze-related illnesses.

Meanwhile, flight arrivals and departures have normalised at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS) in Ipoh, Perak. A number of flights were cancelled yesterday due to the haze.

According to the Malaysia Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) portal, as at 8 pm, the API readings in Sabah have risen towards unhealthy air quality in Tawau (148), Sandakan (104), Kota Kinabalu (69), Kimanis (69) and Keningau (74).

Other states also recorded a rise in API readings, namely Samarahan (197), Sri Aman (166), Sarikei (156), Sibu (150), Kapit (92), Mukah (124) and Miri (195) in Sarawak; Larkin (136), Pasir Gudang (95), Pengerang (74), and Kota Tinggi (74) in Johor; and Kemaman (102), Paka (85) and Kuala Terengganu (81) in Terengganu.

The haze in some states has abated as noted from the API readings for Kuala Selangor (86), Petaling Jaya (105), Shah Alam (95), Klang (94) and Banting (100) in Selangor; Putrajaya (100); Nilai (113), Seremban (97) and Port Dickson (146) in Negeri Sembilan; and Alor Gajah (140) and Bukit Rambai (145) in Melaka.

In Pahang, two areas recorded a declining trend in API readings, at Jerantut (127) and Temerloh (119) while three areas in Perak namely Pegoh Ipoh (81), Seri Manjung (62) and Tanjung Malim (81) also recorded moderate readings.

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