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Reports Of Looming Haze Is Worrying The Public

Beige skies in the region has the public wondering if we will soon be enduring poor air quality again.

BY shermian lim | Mar 10, 2016 | Culture

Reports of haze surfaced this week, causing many to wonder if they should be taking their industrial-grade face masks out of storage in preparedness.

But there’s no need to fret—not yet, despite sightings of bushfires sighted in Riau and Sumatra. Datuk Che Gayah Ismail, director-general for the Malaysian meteorological department told The Star that with the north east monsoon still in effect, smog originating from Indonesia is being carried off in the opposite direction by the monsoon winds. We are safe until early April, when the monsoon season changes.

Currently, official PSI readings in Singapore indicates a moderate level of pollution, with the highest reading clocking in at 54. In Malaysia, however, readings in parts of Kuala Lumpur reached unhealthy levels of 130, recorded at 2:00PM today, due to fires caused by the extended dry spell. Elsewhere in the country, Pahang, Kelantan and Sabah are also seeing bushfires, which could worsen if the weather remains the same.

At moderate pollution levels, the public can resume life as normal, but are advised to stay inside and minimise activity levels when pollution hits the 100 mark. It’s still not as bad as when the haze is in full swing, sometime around May or June, when levels climb to 200 and more. Better stock up on N95 masks before the frenzy begins.

Till then, go out, savour every moment and enjoy all that our great Southeast Asian outdoors has to offer.