2015年10月21日星期三

Haze will not last till March 2016

Haze will not last till March 2016

The haze affecting the country currently will not last till March 2016, as claimed by certain parties.

"The current haze situation is caused by typhoon Champi and Typhoon Koppu, east of the Philippines, and when these typhoons hit landfall, the winds will change and the haze situation will improve after Oct 26," said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau in a statement today.

Madius said the coming northeast monsoon season from November will see a change in wind direction and will no longer carry over haze from Indonesia to Malaysia, despite the Indonesian forest fires expected to last until March.

Meanwhile, rainfall is expected to decrease nationwide due to typhoon Koppu, thus making the haze situation even worse.

According to the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) weather outlook, typhoon Koppu is currently 1,187km north-east of Kudat, Sabah. It will eventually head north-west towards Taiwan.

In addition, typhoon Champi located 2,942km north-east of Kudat is slowly heading north.

The presence of both typhoons has affected the wind patterns across the country as a result, especially rainfall due to the moderate south-westerly winds.

Separately, the Department of Environment recorded 3,534 cases of open burning detected nationwide, from the start of the year to Oct 19.

As of 6pm today, a total of 27 areas recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings, with Port Klang with the highest at 179, followed by Shah Alam at 164, and Kuala Selangor at 139.

~News courtesy of The Sun~

2015年10月5日星期一

Lantern Festival included in tourism calendar

Lantern Festival included in T'ganu's tourism calendar

The Lantern Festival will be included in the state's tourism calendar from next year, said Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.

He said program would be carried out to promote the event next year in preparation for the launch of the 2017 Visit Terengganu Year.

"This reflects the racial unity that exists in Terengganu because although the Chinese are a minority group in the state, their celebration is also shared by others," he told reporters after opening the Dungun Lantern Festival at Sura Gate here last night.

Also present were Dungun District Officer Datuk Mat Yassin Awang and Terengganu Gerakan adviser Datuk Chang Jong Yu.

The Lantern Festival was organised by the Sura Gate Rukun Tetangga (neighbourhood watch) with the cooperation of Dungun Gerakan branch.

Meanwhile, Chang, in his speech, said the Lantern Festival organised in Dungun was well-received by the local community.

This reflects the racial harmony that has long existed and which will continue to be preserved for future generation, he added.

~News courtesy of Bernama~