KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 24 areas nationwide recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings as at 6am Monday.
The affected locations in the peninsula are in Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, according to the Department of Environment’s website.
Banting in Selangor recorded the highest API at 175, followed by Nilai (170), Putrajaya and Seremban (both 162) and Port Klang (161).
Other areas with unhealthy API readings in Peninsular Malaysia are Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur (154), Port Dickson (152), Cheras (148), Shah Alam (143) and Petaling Jaya (139).
In Sarawak, the areas with unhealthy API readings are Sri Aman (128), Samarahan (121), Sarikei (112) and Kuching (111).
Areas in Sabah, meanwhile, recorded moderate readings.
Air quality with API readings of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (hazardous).