Youth and sports ministry implements work-from-home policy due to haze

The Air Pollutant Index in Putrajaya had reached 200 and 260 in Penang by Wednesday afternoon.

PETALING JAYA: The youth and sports ministry will enforce a work-from-home policy as the haze continues to worsen in the country.

In a statement, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said his ministry will issue a circular to ensure this policy is implemented.

He said since most of the ministry’s staff worked outdoors, they are exposed to the dangers of the haze.

“The work-from-home policy will depend on the air pollutant index (API). It will be in effect if the API exceeds 200.”

Officers and staff of the ministry will only enforce this policy at the directive of the department head and ensure work quality and standard of services to the people are maintained at all times.

“The ministry is aware of the dangers the haze poses to its staff.

“This policy is introduced to ensure quality of life of the staff is maintained,” he added.

Syed Saddiq hoped other ministries and government agencies will do the same to protect their staff as well.

The Department of Environment (DoE) notes that Putrajaya’s API registered 200 at 5pm today.

Penang has the highest API reading of 260, according to DoE.

An API reading of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy, and 300 and above, hazardous.