GEORGE TOWN - The Penang state government has banned open burning with immediate effect.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Saturday that enforcement would be heightened To ensure the ban was observed.
He also said that Penang would propose to the Agriculture Ministry to ban open burning of padi stalks after harvestingm which is currently allowed.
Even though Penang has yet to be badly hit by the haze, the move is to prevent the situation from worsening.
He added that it was also to show solidarity to Johor and Malacca, which are experiencing bad air quality.
Lim also urged the Federal Government to carry out cloud seeding in the badly affected states.