26 Jun '13, 3am
Local burning aggravated smog in Muar, Port Klang
Our checks at Johan Setia and Jalan Kebun in Kelang showed that the peat fires are caused by open burning by plantation workers and farmers who seem to take advantage to the dry spell to carry out this open burning, and residents here claimed that they have been lodging reports and complaints to the authorities for the past 3 weeks but to date, no serious action has been taken to stop this open burning. “The illegal open burning is usually carried out at night. We can see the fire blazing. During the day, we can just see smoke,” said resident, Malik Mat Yassin. “Every year when it is the dry season, people will conduct burnings everywhere. It is deplorable here because it is a peat swap, so at the end of the day, the residents will suffer,” said resident, Mohamad Samri Miah.