GEORGETOWN – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) today postponed lectures and tutorials as well as outdoor activities following the deterioration of air quality here due to the haze.
USM registrar Siti Zubaidah A. Hamid said administrative and research activities that involved health risks were also postponed but the university and its health services were operating as usual.
“Further announcements will be made later. All notices of cancellation and postponement of activities are the responsibility of the organisers, lecturers, departments and centres, she said in a statement today.
The Department of Environment in its website today stated that the air pollutant index (API) reading for USM was 236 at 9 am and 244 at 10 am, while the reading for Seberang Jaya rose to 280 at 10 am from 272 earlier.
Air quality in Perai also reached unhealthy level at 10 am with a reading of 193 compared to 190 at 9 am.
An API reading of 0 to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy; and 300 and above, hazardous.
Siti Zubaidah said while USM continues to monitor the haze, students were advised to wear masks that had been distributed.
“Students and staff who encountered problems are advised to seek assistance from Pusat Sejahtera at their respective campus which is opened till 6 pm daily.
“Any inconvenience is regretted but USM has to take this measure for the sake of everyone’s health,” she said.
Further information can be obtained from www.pusatsejahtera.usm.my or USM’s haze operations room hotline at 04-6534948/04-5622708/2709. – BERNAMA