Malaysia — The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Thursday advised the people to avoid open burning during the anticipated hot and dry season between June and September to prevent haze.
It said in a statement Thursday that there would be a rise in the incidence of open burning during the period.
“The southwest monsoon will bring hot and dry weather between June and September. As such, it is advisable to avoid open burning because it will be difficult to control and extinguish peat soil fires,” it said.
The ministry said that as a precautionary measure, it had taken the initiative to set up a national haze committee which held a meeting Thursday.
The committee has representatives from various government agencies closely linked to management of a haze disaster, among them the National Security Council, the Department of Environment, the Sarawak Natural Resources and Environment Board, the Sabah Department of Environmental Protection, the Meteorological Department of Malaysia and the Fire and Rescue Department.
The statement said the meeting, chaired by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas, also discussed a proposal to improve the National Haze Action Plan.
It also said that 595 open fires were detected and 93 compound fines issued up to April this year.