Malaysia– The worsening haze has affected the livelihood of almost 1,500 fishermen in Perlis, said state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Mat Hassan.
He said on Monday that about 800 fishermen from Kuala Perlis and nearly 700 from Kuala Sungai Baru and Kuala Sanglang had to find alternative income if the haze did not improve.
“They cannot go out to sea due to a visibility of less than 500 metres and as a result the prices of fish have gone up as catches have declined by half,” Mat, who is also Kuala Perlis state assemblyman said.
However he said these fishermen could still survive as the Government had given them subsistence allowance of RM300 per month for their daily needs, he said. – Bernama