KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 – The areas around Langkawi and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang recorded the highest Air Pollutant Index (API) in the country at 153 amd 137 respectively at 5 pm on Monday. According to the Department of Environment website, the two areas were among 18 other locations with unhealthy API.
The other areas were Seberang Jaya 2, Perai (132); Kg. Air Putih, Taiping (130); S K Jalan Pegoh, Ipoh (128); Alor Setar (123); Bakar Arang, Sg. Petani (123); Seri Manjung (121); Perai (118); Kangar and Bandaraya Melaka (both 114); Bukit Rambai and Kuala Selangor (both 111); Port Dickson (107); Jalan Tasek, Ipoh (106); Pasir Gudang and Shah Alam (both 104); and Pelabuhan Kelang (103).
An API reading of 0 to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and above 300, hazardous. For more information, public can refer to Department of Environment (DOE) portal at apims.doe.gov.my for the latest API reading.