Satellite imagery information provided by Asean Specialised Meterological Centre (ASMC) indicated that there were large numbers of hotspots detected in neighbouring countries in South East Asia. Malaysia recently declared a state of emergency in Port Klang and Kuala Selangor as PSI readings shot past 500. A pall of haze from Indonesian forest fires sent pollution levels shooting into the hazardous zone. Though Brunei has been spared the yearly scourge, over the past few days, the Sultanate has been experiencing slightly hazy conditions. The ambient air quality in the country has been in the range of good to moderate.
With the prevailing winds towards south-westerly direction, the slight hazy condition that Brunei is experiencing could be attributed to the fire incidents. More than 300 fires burning in the forests of Sumatra – which is separated from Malaysia by the narrow Malacca Strait – have stoked the choking, acrid haze, which causes eyes to redden and leaves throats raspy. The smoke has blown over the western coast of Malaysia, shrouding its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, capital Putrajaya, technology, city Cyberjaya and its biggest port district Port Klang. It is the first time the PSI level has breached the 500mark in peninsular Malaysia.