Persistent haze affects air quality in Malaysia


Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee of Malaysia, has announced that the air quality in several areas of Malaysia has dropped to unhealthy levels.

The committee’s head, Major Ismail Mahedin from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, said Sarikei in Sarawak recorded an Air Pollution Index (API) reading of 206 on Monday compared to 193 on Sunday.

According to the country’s air quality rating, an API reading of zero to 50 is good, 51 to 100 moderate, 101 to 200 unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy and 301 and above is hazardous.

The Sarawak state capital of Kuching entered its third day in the same category, recording an API level of 242, while Sri Aman, close to Indonesian part of the Kalimantan Island, recorded an API of 246.

On Peninsula, Malaysia several areas recorded unhealthy levels between 100 and 145, with the capital Kuala Lumpur posted a reading of 102.

The Ministry of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (MESTECC) on Friday said the cause of the haze was due to forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia.