PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak fire and rescue department has sent a letter of objection to the Indonesian embassy over the increase in the number of hotspots in Kalimantan, over concerns it might cause poorer air quality and haze.
State fire and rescue director Khiruddin Drahman said this after spotting a high number of hotspots across the border, citing an Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre satellite report.
He said the letter is part of the department’s advocacy approach to reducing haze-causing risks, the Borneo Post reported.
Khiruddin said Sarawak had nine hotspots detected – seven in Sri Aman and two others in the northern part of the state – last week but has none now.
“However, there are hotspots still detected in Indonesia,” he said.
Last week, the department of environment said the hotspots in Kalimantan had led to poorer air quality in the peninsula, bringing the air pollution index to moderate levels.