THE API Reading at Port Klang has breached the 200 (“very unhealthy”), recording 203 at 1 pm today and since has shown an upward trend. Other parts of Selangor have also recorded a high of above 100 (“unhealthy”).
The recently amended National Haze Action Plan has sanctioned that schools can be closed when the API reading hits 200. I urge school principals around Klang to use their discretion to temporarily close down their schools after consulting the local Department of Education.
Once API readings go beyond 100, it is advised that all outdoor activities be minimised and to have face masks on at all times outdoors.
The Selangor State Government will start distributing the first batch of 180,000 single-use face masks effective March 14. These face masks will be available at all State Assemblyman’s offices throughout the state.
Since January this year, the Fire & Rescue Services Department (JBPM) has been working round the clock to put out fires with the help of the local councils and district offices. However they are overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of cases. As such I urge local residents and volunteer organisations to also help in putting out the small fires in their neighbourhoods.
While the Selangor State Government is of the opinion that today’s haze is a combination of transboundary and local sources, multiple agencies in Selangor including local councils, district offices and Forestry departments are assisting JBPM to put out local fires. The total ban on open burning remains.
As of today, the Selangor Department of Environment (DOE) has already initiated 12 Investigation Papers (IPs), with the intention of prosecuting the culprits involved in open burning on private lots. Under the Environmental Quality Act 1974, any person who is caught for open burning shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.
As of 1800 hours 13th March 2014, these are the areas which are being attended to by joint operations of multiple agencies led by JBPM Negeri Selangor and monitored by Department of Environment on the ground and using information from the ASEAN hotspot map:-
1. KM 21.5 Kesas Highway – 2 acres
2. Sungai Tinggi/Tengi, Hulu Selangor – 380 acres
3. Sungai Bendana, Merbau Berdarah – 73 acres
4. KM 24.8 Elite Highway (Pulau Kempas) – 60 acres
5. Felcra Estate, Kuala Langat – 15 acres
6. Jalan Sopan, Klang – 5 acres
7. Tanjung 12 – 5 acres
Selangor had earlier requested for the assistance of the Maritime Police Bombadier squad for water bombing services in Kuala Langat last week. However this attempt proved to be unsuccessful on peat soil and it has since been suspended.