Saturday, August 13, 2005

Slight Haze in Malaysia Borneo and Brunei Darussalam

The haze condition in Peninsular Malaysia may be rather alarming in the last couple of days, caused mainly by open burning particularly in Riau, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

While West Malaysia is literally choking as the country was been blanketed with smog over the past few days, across the South China Sea, the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, and the sultanate kingdom of Brunei Darussalam, were somehow spared the full grunt of the scourge, as the island of Borneo is geograhically far away from Sumatra.

However, there were reportedly some open burnings in Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of Borneo) as well, that had affected the air condition in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, although not near as critical as in the Peninsula, with the ambient air quality in all three regions has been in the range of good to moderate.

In Sabah, Kudat receives some rain yesterday that improves visibility, and the heavy downpour in Kota Kinabalu last night and early this morning has brought further respite to the residents.

In reality, even with the current haze situation, the air condition in most parts of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei can still be considered as far more healthier than most capital cities of the world, especially in the industrialised nations.

With Malaysia's concerted assistance to assist the Indonesian government to resolve the open burning dilema, it is hopeful that this phenomena will not prolong much longer.

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