Did you notice lately that you could not spot the KLCC Twin Towers or the KL Tower due to a thick, white fog enveloping those buildings?
Those are not fluffy looking clouds. That’s haze right there, and it could potentially be very bad for our health if not properly dealt with.
Due to the worsening haze, the Department of Environment has imposed a ban on all forms of open burning, except cremations and religious rituals with immediate effect until the end of the current monsoon season.
According to a report by Malay Mail
, quoting a statement by the department’s director-general Norlin Jaafar, the ban under the Environment Quality Act 1974 punishes violators with fines of up to RM500,000 and prison terms of no more than five years per offence.
“All parties are requested not to conduct open burning, or allow entry or trespass into their property and premises by irresponsible quarters that lead to open burning, either intentional or otherwise.”
In recent days, the haze in some areas in Peninsula Malaysia (including Selangor as well as Kuala Lumpur) have hit the “unhealthy” range while the air quality in Rompin, Pahang, surpassed the “very unhealthy” level.
Sarawak, meanwhile, saw the worst haze cases as several schools were forced to close down.
So, what can you do if you spot someone burning rubbish in the open?
You can report them via the Department of Environment’s complaint channel by clicking on this link
Those residing in Sarwak can channel their complaints to the Sarawak Natural Resources and Environmental Board (NREB) public complaint hotline at 013-7595866.