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Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak establishes a haze emergency status in Muar and Ledang, Johor. The thickness of smoke in Malaysia due to forest fires in Sumatra.
The emergency stipulation follows the deterioration of air pollution due to smoke, especially in the two areas that have exceeded the Air Pollution Index (IPU) above the 500 level, Najib said in a statement on Sunday (23/6).
"The emergency status of this haze does not arrive at the curfew and there is no change of service at state and federal level," he said as quoted by Bernama,
IPU records on 0-50 are good, medium 51-100, 101-200 are unhealthy, 201-300 is very unhealthy, and 300 and above are categorized as dangerous.
According to the Department of the Environment (DoE) monitoring, the IPU number in Muar until 7 am reached 746, but again dropped to 690 at 11.00, although it remained in the danger category.
Najib said all government ministries and agencies involved in dealing with smoke haze must take the necessary measures to ensure public safety and health.
Meanwhile, all schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will be closed on Monday (24/6) due to the worsening situation in both areas.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri G Palanivel said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh will take the necessary steps to follow up the matter.
Palanivel said the smog until Sunday at 5 pm was getting worse and all schools had been ordered to be closed for health reasons.
He also advised parents to keep their children in the house and even if forced to get out wearing a mask. [ian]