KUALA LUMPUR – The haze plaguing the Klang Valley since yesterday is due to the
smoke from fires which occurred in several areas in the Peninsula, including peat
fires in Kuala Langat and Sepang, Selangor.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku
Jaafar in a statement yesterday said the situation was aggravated by the hot and
dry weather, causing the air pollutants to float in the air.
“Currently, there is no influence of transboundary haze because the country
is still in the inter-monsoon season which is expected to last until mid-May.
“Fires are actively being doused by the Fire and Rescue Department, and it
is under control,” he said.
In the meantime, Wan Junaidi said, several areas around the
Klang Valley recorded unhealthy levels of Air Pollutant Index (API) due to
ground-level ozone pollution.
Wan Junaidi said the sweltering weather conditions and an increase in
nitrogen dioxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) has contributed to
the rise in the API.
He said based on a report by the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD),
as of yesterday, Klang and Kuala Selangor had no rainfall for eight consecutive