The Star, 23 Jun 2013
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has agreed to declare emergency status on Sunday in Muar and Ledang with immediate effect after the API readings reached more than 750, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
As of 7.00am Sunday, the air pollutant index (API) in Muar has spiked to 746, which is more than twice the standard hazardous levels according to the Department of Environment website.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported two cities in Malacca also were in hazardous API territory as at 7am Sunday namely Bandaraya Melaka and Bukit Rambai with readings of 357 and 334 respectively.
Palanivel said the highest API ever recorded in Malaysia was in Sarawak in 1997 with a reading of 860.
He also said that the National Security Council (NSC) would issue instructions for residents to stay indoors and direct schools in several states to remain closed.
“NSC should look at cloud seeding operations immediately,” he said. – Bernama