MIRI: The public are advised to take care of their health and reduce outdoor activities in view of the haze, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He was responding to questions by reporters on the phenomenon that has plagued the district over the past few days.

“A meeting will commence today, which will be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on the issue,” Abang Johari told the press at a qurban ceremony at Masjid Darul Ehsan here yesterday.

“Haze is a phenomenon that happens in neighbouring countries but it phases out to our state due to the wind.”

Abang Johari fielding questions from the press after the ‘qurban’ ceremony at Masjid Darul Ehsan, Miri yesterday.

He expressed his concern about the health impact of the haze, especially on people with respiratory problems, and advised them to steer clear of any outdoor activities for the time being.

“There are actions that will be taken regarding this phenomenon. This will be announced by Uggah later today,” explained Abang Johari.

It was reported that the Air Pollutant Index (API) in Miri reached a hazardous level, which the Department of Environment recorded to be over 300 over the past few days.

The poor air quality in Miri is believed to be a direct result of forest and peat soil fires now raging in Kuala Baram.

Yesterday, it was believed that the haze has spread through neighbouring Brunei Darussalam, which its Kuala Belait area is the closest to the Sungai Tujuh immigration checkpoint.