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Indonesia Takes Action To Ensure Haze Does Not Recur In Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA – Indonesia has taken steps to ensure the haze problem does not recur in Malaysia, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He said despite the current hot weather, Malaysia was confident the proactive steps taken by Indonesia  could help resolve the problem, which has plagued Malaysia and Singapore since 2015. He added…

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Indonesia Keeping To Pledge Over Cross-Border Haze

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KUCHING – Indonesia has adopted systematic measures to address the cross-border haze that affects Southeast Asia, in keeping with its assurance to ensure an end to the problem by 2020, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He said he had held numerous discussions with the Indonesian authorities from the…

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Indonesia Assures Asean Neighbours A Haze Free 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR – Indonesia on Thursday assured its ASEAN neighbours that there will be no transboundary haze problems plaguing the region’s skyline this year. Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry advisor Arief Yuwono said the prediction was based on last year’s record following stringent measures successfully implemented to curb forest fire and control smoke haze pollution…

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Malaysia Refutes Harvard Study That Haze Killed 6,500

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has refuted a Harvard and Columbia University study claiming that the 2015 South-East Asian haze caused 6,500 deaths in the country. The study, which is expected to be published in the Environmental Research Letters (ERL) journal, also claimed that there were 100,300 premature deaths in the region due to the haze; 91,600…

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We Breathe Easier This September Clearer Skies Due To Indonesia’s Action

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PETALING JAYA: It has been a sunny September with mostly clear skies so far, unlike the hazy days during the same period last year. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Indonesia took steps to lessen the hotspots in the country. “The Indonesian government took prevention and mitigation measures…

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Unhealthy Air Quality At Four Places

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The haze reduced air quality to unhealthy levels in four places in the Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan as at 9am today. The Department of Environment website said Nilai in Negri Sembilan had an Air Pollutant Index reading of 118. The API was 123 at 6am. It said the API was…

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Tanjung Malim Registers Highest API Reading In The Country

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PETALING JAYA: The Air Pollutant Index (API) in Tanjung Malim, Perak reached the unhealthy level of 121 yesterday. API readings in Kuala Lumpur was highest in Cheras at 97, followed by Batu Muda (96) and Putrajaya (91). In Selangor, high API readings were recorded in Shah Alam at 93 and Petaling Jaya (91). API readings…

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Ministry Denies Issuing Notice On School Closure

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PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has rubbished a fake notice claiming that schools will close on Tuesday due to the haze. The notice, which has the ministry logo and is dated Monday, has gone viral. It falsely states that schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan and the Sri Aman, Kuching…

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Unhealthy Air Quality In Klang Valley Despite Moderate API Readings

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PETALING JAYA: The haze has visibly returned to the Klang Valley despite the fact that Air Pollutant Index (API) on the Department of Environment’s (DOE) website reported ‘good’ to ‘moderate’ readings. Residents noticed a sharp drop in the air quality Monday and could smell it in the air, with several parts in Kuala Lumpur and…

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Singapore Shrouded In Smog As Haze Returns To SE Asia

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Singapore (AFP) – Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year’s first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Singapore’s air quality index reached unhealthy levels with conditions deteriorating through the day, marking the worst return of the haze to the city since…

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Firemen Work Round The Clock To Control Forest Fires In Riau

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JAKARTA – A special fire fighting team has been ordered to work round the clock to monitor forest fires at 74 hotspots in the Riau province, Sumatra. The forest fires, and in oil palm plantations, are reported to have affected neighbouring Malaysia, causing the air quality in several states to deteriorate. Riau police chief Supriyanto…

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Several Areas Record Moderate Air Quality

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  KUALA LUMPUR – Thirty-one areas nationwide recorded moderate Air Pollutant Index (API) reading ad at 8 am Wednesday, with the highest reading of 88 in Port Klang. According to the website of the Department of Environment (DOE), the area with moderate API reading are Shah Alam (84), Banting (80), Kuala Selangor (77), Putrajaya (76),…

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Indonesia: Haze Will Not Be So ‘Serious’ This Year

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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia Thursday gave assurance that the transboundary haze will not be as serious as last year with drastic action taken to combat forest fires in the country. Senior Adviser on Energy to Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia Arief Yuwono said Jakarta has a strong commitment to prevent forest fires from the…

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Zahid Calls On Asean Members To Revive Action Plan Over Haze Issue

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is urging Asean member countries to revive its high priority cooperation in tackling the transboundaryhaze for the region to be haze free by 2020. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said some of the activities have been dormant for “quite some time” due to lack of resources. “Let us…

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Haze Can Only Be Overcome Through Peat Soil Management

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MEDAN – The Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit (TPRL) under the Chief Minister’s Department in Sarawak, Malaysia, is ready to help Indonesia overcome the problem of peat fires, by transferring its peat soil management technology to them. Its director, Dr Lulie Melling said the cooperation would also help solve the haze problem which has affected…

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Stop Slash And Burn By Farmers, Jakarta Told

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has urged Indonesia to rethink allowing its smallholders to carry out open burning to clear land. This traditional method, if stopped, will help lessen the transboundary haze that plagues Malaysia annually, said Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. “I understand that it is a tradition for…

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Haze Descends On Jakarta

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JAKARTA: A haze has descended on this Indonesian capital city, reducing visibility to between five and 10 kilometres and making several skyscrapers “disappear” from view. This Bernama correspondent snapped some photographs which had several tall buildings, such as the 132-metre high National Monument, “missing”. The air pollutant index table on the website of the Agency…

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Four Areas In Peninsular Malaysia Record Unhealthy API Readings

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KUALA LUMPUR – As of 1 pm today, four areas in Peninsular Malaysia hit the unhealthy levels, with Cheras recording the highest when the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings hit 126, according to the Department Of Environment’s Air Pollutant Index Malaysia (APIMS) website. Other areas which were categorised as unhealthy were Shah Alam, Selangor (115),…

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PM Advises Caution Over Haze

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KUALA LUMPUR – Following the emergence of the haze in several areas of the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has advised the people to exercise caution and cut down on outdoor activities. “I notice that the haze has returned in several areas. I hope everybody will be careful, especially those who work…

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Fires Coupled With Hot Weather Cause Of Haze In Klang Valley

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  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…

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Haze-Related Illnesses On The Rise In Four Districts In Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: There is a rise in haze-related illnesses in four districts in Sabah, namely Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Papar and Sipitang, said state Health Department director Dr Christina Rundi. She said the increase was based on findings conducted by the relevant department in the affected districts monitoring haze-related illnesses. Dr Christina said Beaufort recorded a…

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No SOP Among Reasons Haze Recurs Every Year

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PEKANBARU (RIAU) – The weakness of the Indonesian government which does not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) to overcome forest fires is among the factors haze occurs annually, say Malaysian and Indonesian academics. In a roundtable discussion by 24 academicians, they also summarised that the Indonesian government seemed to lack preparations to face the…

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Only Pasir Gudang With Slightly Moderate Air Quality

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KUALA LUMPUR – The sky is kind to Malaysians again with only Pasir Gudang having slightly moderate air quality. The rest of the country is enjoying good air quality after a long spell of “horrible” haze blown in from Indonesia. At 9 am today, the Air Pollutant Index reading for Pasir Gudang was 52. API…

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Indonesia Welcomes Najib’s Pro-active Attitude To Assist In Haze Problems

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JAKARTA: Indonesia welcomes the attitude of Malaysia’s prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who had called on Indonesian president Joko Widodo to discuss and make proposals on resolving the problems of forest and estate fires in the country. Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said the other neighbouring countries should emulate Najib’s attitude and should not…

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Unhealthy Air Quality Only In Two Areas Tuesday

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KUALA LUMPUR – Only Larkin Lama and Pasir Gudang, Johor recorded unhealthy air quality at 9 am Tuesday. The air pollutant index (API) readings for the two areas were 105 and 102, respectively. The Department of Environment in its portal stated that 27 areas recorded moderate API readings. The areas include Bukit Rambai (83); Kota…

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Improvement In Air Quality Nationwide

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KUALA LUMPUR – Air quality nationwide has improved as of 9 am today with only Pasir Gudang, Johor recording an air pollutant index (API) reading of 105 (unhealthy). The Department of Environment in its portal stated that 33 areas recorded moderate API readings including Larkin Lama and Port Klang (85); Kota Tinggi (84); Shah Alam…

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Fishermen Worried As Income Affected By Haze

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GEORGETOWN – The haze inundating the state is affecting the income of fishermen, especially those operating in coastal waters, since low visibility is preventing them from going out to sea. Penang Fisheries Department director Abdullah Md Din said those badly affected are fishermen in Zone A (fishing within 0-5 nautical miles) because their boats lacked…

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Air Quality Still Unhealthy In Six Areas As At 1pm

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KUALA LUMPUR – Air quality remained at the very unhealthy level in six areas in Perlis, Kedah and Penang as at 1 pm due to the haze, according to the Department of Environment portal. These places were Kangar (with the air pollutant index at 255) in Perlis, Alor Setar (250), Bakar Arang (268) and Langkawi…

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Haze: Malaysia Will Not Put Any Pressure On Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will not put any form of pressure on Indonesia to tackle the cross-border haze menace originating from the republic. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said such a move would be unfair to Indonesia which was earnestly undertaking efforts to put out the fires on its peat land.…

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Haze: USM Postpones Lectures, Tutorials Today

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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…

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