IPOH – Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir today advised inshore fishermen to exercise caution when going out to sea due to the critical haze situation in the state.
He said the coastal areas of Perak were the worst affected as they faced Sumatera across the Strait of Melaka, where the haze originated from.
“The fishermen must be careful because the haze, augmented by thunderstorms, can pose a danger to them,” he told a news conference after chairing the weekly meeting of the state executive council.
Touching on the impact of the haze on schoolchildren, Zambry said he had instructed that schools avoid holding activities outside the classroom.
He also said that in areas where the air pollutant index reading was at the unhealthy or very unhealthy levels, schools could discuss with the education ministry to close.
“So far, I have yet to get any feedback from the education department on the need for schools to close. Manjung and Ipoh are two places where the API reading is at the unhealthy level,” he said.
In KUANTAN, the Pahang government is prepared to consider extending the opening hours of health centres in the state if the haze worsens, said State Health, Human Resource and Special Functions Committee chairman Datuk Norol Azali Sulaiman.
He said the state government was monitoring the situation and had distributed face masks.
“We are also making sure that there is ample supply of medication for haze-related ailments such as cough,” he told reporters after a visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjung Lumpur, a school affected by the haze.
He advised the people to wear face masks, drink plenty of water, wash their face and hands more frequently and reduce outdoor activities.
Norol Azali said the state government would distribute 100,000 face masks to all schools in Pahang and encouraged contributions from the private sector.
The Kuantan Specialist Hospital had contributed 25,000 masks for distribution and the Pahang Association of Pharmacies, 5,000.
“We hope the people will not wait for free masks because they do not cost much.
Sellers should not raise the price to make a profit,” he said. – BERNAMA