Malaysian parliament to debate emergency motion on haze

KUALA LUMPUR - The Dewan Rakyat will set aside one hour Wednesday to debate an emergency motion on the worsening haze situation affecting the country.

Hee Loy Sian (PKR-PJ Selatan) tabled the motion in Parliament and deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee allowed it to be debated in the august House.

Hee said that the haze had reached serious levels that were not only affecting health, but also tourism and businesses as well.

One hour will be set aside between 4.30pm to 5.30pm Wednesday for lawmakers to debate the issue plaguing the country.

As of 11am Wednesday morning, several areas recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.

Among the areas with unhealthy readings are Petaling Jaya (187), Banting (192) and Putrajaya (194).

Port Klang and Shah Alam recorded very unhealthy API readings of 204 and 235 respectively.