Haze: Public want counter measure

With the haze back in the country, the public is asking for countermeasures to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Since it reached Malaysian shores on Oct 19 with Muar in Johor facing the full brunt of it so much so Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, had to issue an advsiory to Muar schools to close temporarily if the need arose, it has now reached northern Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

“Something needs to be done because the health of the people and schooling is affected,” Nor Hasnidar Abd Rahim, 37, a teacher, told Bernama when asked for her comments on the haze sitution, today.

Private sector employee, Nor Azlina Sani, 24, said she feared for the health of infants.

“In 2005, my baby who was only eight months old then had to be rushed to the hospital because he came down with breathing difficulties. The doctor told me it was due to the haze,” she said, adding that she was feeling jittery now that the haze was back.

She added that harsher punishment should be imposed for open burning while haze dispersion countermeasures should be taken off the countru’s coastline.

Khairul Anwar Ibrahim, 30, a computer programmer, said the problem could be tackled with the cooperation of all quarters.

“Everyone should do their part like reporting open burning activities to the authorities and not expect the government to be doing everything,” he said.