Fishing on a bad-air day

Fishing on a bad-air day
A boy fishing at a jetty, as a ship can barely be discerned in the background through the haze at Port Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - Unhealthy air quality was recorded in several areas of Malaysia's west coast yesterday. The Air Pollutant Index readings in several Selangor and Negeri Sembilan towns nearest to Sumatra were between 91 and 121, in the unhealthy range.

On Monday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel said the haze was caused by burning activities in central Sumatra.

The hot-spot count in Sumatra was about 140 yesterday, from 130 the day before. Moderate smoke haze near some hot spots in Riau was observed to have spread eastwards over the Strait of Malacca, according to Singapore's National Environment Agency.

This article was first published on June 25, 2014.
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