The Department of Environment in Malaysia receives a lot of complaints about air pollution. This is the most common type of environmental pollution complaint, making up over 81% of all complaints in 2019. The air quality in Malaysia is not good and often doesn’t meet the standards set by the World Health Organisation. One big problem is haze pollution, which is mostly caused by people and comes from both within the country and outside of it.
Basic Gaps in Environmental Rights, Access to Information and Public
Gaps in Governance of Transboundary Haze Pollution
Recommendations We Seek
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Haze pollution affects everyone whether in small or big ways. Whether it’s not being able to do outdoor sports or exacerbating a pre-existing respiratory lung condition. We want to hear your story on how you’ve been affected by haze pollution and what you think should be done about it!
Pua Lay Peng is a chemist. She and her neighbours staying in the agricultural town of Jenjarom began complaining of headaches, respiratory problems, skin allergies and other ailments. An unpleasant odour in the air became routine for residents of Jenjarom. Children were falling sick more often than usual, and one local teacher said she was finding it hard to concentrate at school because of how disturbed her sleep had become. Together with other community members, she wrote many complaint letters to local authorities and the usual responses were “the process takes time, local authorities have the capacity and cannot do much”. She says: “Air pollution is hard to monitor. At night, their machines were operating at their highest capacity, but you can’t see the polluted air, so what can you do? Even if you can smell it, you can’t trace it.”
In Sungai Petani, Kedah, shortly after the factories arrived in the spring of 2019, more and more people began presenting with breathing difficulties. We noticed a 10-20% increase in the number of respiratory cases admitted to the hospital. Our team used to cycle in the area until we discovered the waste. We have since stopped patronising the terrain due to the choking toxic smell emitted from the waste.
Doctor | Metro Specialist Hospital
I always can smell something strange and never knew why. My two children have always had tracheitis. When the air quality changes or if someone burns rubbish, and they inhale the smoke, they will need to see a specialist to be treated with a nebulizer.
Jenjarom local resident