SHAH ALAM: Malaysia is willing to help Indonesia put out its forest fires, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We have special aeroplanes which can be used to carry out water bombing,” he said, referring to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s Amfibi Bombardier CL415.
“It is up to the Indonesian government to accept it,” he told reporters after chairing the Selangor Umno liaison committee meeting here yesterday.
Najib called on Malaysians to take extra precaution and avoid activities such as open burning as the haze is bad. The air quality in the country did improve slightly yesterday as rain brought a brief respite.
Although satellite pictures had shown an increase in hotspots in Sumatra from 49 to 86, the API readings from the Department of Environment showed an improvement in air quality.
Three areas in the Klang Valley – Port Klang, Cheras and Shah Alam – had unhealthy air quality levels on Friday but this was reduced to zero yesterday.
Overall, 24 areas recorded good air quality (API 0-50) while 25 locations recorded moderate air quality readings (API 51-100).
Most parts of the country recorded visibility reading of 10km while Subang had the lowest at 6km.
Meanwhile, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Noh Omar said the ministry would set up a committee to tackle the impact of the El Nino phenomenon on the agriculture industry,
Headed by the ministryâ€™s secretary-general, the committee will comprise representatives from all departments and agencies under the ministry besides several experts.
“The committee will meet next week to discuss the phenomenon and will submit recommendations to the Cabinet for approval. It is similar to a committee formed three years ago when El Nino hit the country.
“The ministry is taking a proactive measure by forming the committee although the effect of El Nino had yet to happen,” he said after opening a Key Performance Indicators briefing in Lumut yesterday.
On the influenza A (H1N1) scare, he said the ministry had applied for a RM14.8mil allocation to brace against the flu that had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Source : The Star