Saturday August 4, 2012
No open burning activities
By SIMON KHOO
BENTONG: The public has been reminded to refrain from carrying out open burning activities, state Health, Environment and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said.
Hoh said in view of the current dry spell, open burning could aggravate the existing hazy condition, affecting the state and other parts of the country.
“Based on the latest readings of the Air Pollutant Index (API) in three stations, the air quality is still at a moderate level.
“However, I urge asthma patients and those with respiratory difficulties to avoid participating in outdoor activites as it may trigger an attack or cause irritations to the eyes and throat,” he told StarMetro.
Hoh said the people should drink plenty of water and exercise indoors for the time being.
He said enforcement officers would carry out spot checks if they received complaints on open burning.
“The offender can be issued with a compound if caught red-handed.
“However, we are not targeting punitive action but hope the people can cooperate for the benefit of all,” he said.
Hoh said they received daily reports on the API readings and would inform the public accordingly if the air quality deteriorated.
He said since the readings were still below 100, the public should not be unduly worried but it was advisable for them to take precautionary measures.
Pahang has three stations to monitor air quality which were located in Indera Mahkota, Balok and Jerantut.