Haze: Unhealthy air quality in Pasir Gudang, Larkin Lama, Kota Tinggi, Kemaman

The Star, 18 June 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The air quality in four locations in the country remains at an unhealthy level based on the Air Pollutant Index.

According to the Department of Environment (DoE) website, Johor is the most affected – Pasir Gudang (142), Larkin Lama (116) and Kota Tinggi (107).

This is followed by Terengganu’s Kemaman (103) where the reading has remained within the unhealthy level since Sunday.

The air quality in rest of the country remains hovering between good and moderate.

Air quality in Malaysia is reported as the API or Air Pollutant Index.

Four of the index’s pollutant components (i.e., carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide) are reported in ppmv but PM10 particulate matter is reported in μg/m3.

This scale below shows the Health classifications used by the Malaysian government.

The API rating is measured as follows: Good (0-50), Moderate (51-100), Unhealthy (101-200), Very Unhealthy (201-300) and Hazardous (Above 300).

As at 8.13am on Tuesday, satellite images from the Asean Specialised Metereological Centre revealed that there were 113 hot spots in Sumatra, the cause of the haze.

It was reported that Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said he would chair a meeting on Aug 20 with his counterparts from Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, and Thailand to discuss the matter.