Johoreans reminded to remain calm as haze worsens

Johoreans reminded to remain calm as haze worsens

JOHOR BARU - The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today reminded his subjects to remain calm and avoid from panicking following the health emergency status declared in Muar and Ledang.

"It is an emergency to encourage the people to be indoor for their own good…do not worry, there are no riots," he said in a telephone interview.

Sultan Ibrahim who was on his way to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Conference of Rulers, said he dropped by briefly this morning in Muar to see the situation and would come and stay for two nights upon the conclusion of the meeting.

"May the haze act as a lesson to us. Let's understand the effect and stop open burning," Sultan Ibrahim said.

He asked his subjects to adhere to the emergency, and stay indoors until it is lifted.

Meanwhile, Menteri Besar Johor Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin also advised the people to remain calm and refrain from rushing out to stock-up on food, as the emergency status was declared to encourage them to stay indoor due to the haze.

Mohamed Khaled on his facebook page said the declaration was based on health reasons and no action would be taken against those who chose to go out.

He advised Johoreans especially in Muar and Ledang where a health emergency status was declared by the Prime Minister today, to remain indoor as the Air Pollutant Index recorded a hazardous reading.

"Stay indoors, avoid going out and please drink lots of water. Senior citizens, those with respiratory problems and children, are encouraged to stay indoors. Please wear a mask when you go outdoors," he said.

He also reminded motorists to switch on their headlights as a precautionary measure, and reminded Johoreans of the ban on open burning.

Those caught flouting the ban face RM500,000 fine or a five-year jail or both. There is also a maximum compound of RM2,000 for every offence conducted.

He urged Johoreans to lodge a report with the Johor Environment Department toll-free-number 1-800-88-2727, when they spot anyone conducting open burning.

He also requested all Johorean to conduct prayers according to their faiths and for Muslims to conduct the Solat Hajat at all mosque and surau in the state between Maghrib and Isyak.

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