Campuses of Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang shut down due to haze

The Universiti Sains Malaysia campus in Penang's Gelugor town shrouded in haze.
The Universiti Sains Malaysia campus in Penang's Gelugor town shrouded in haze.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - All activities, including lectures, at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang's town of Gelugor and its branch campuses in Bertam and Nibong Tebal on the mainland have been cancelled after the Air Quality Index recorded very unhealthy levels on Thursday (Oct 22).

The order extends to those with events and activities planned within the campuses, said USM registrar Siti Zubaidah A. Hamid in a statement on Thursday morning.

Indoor activities such as lectures, tutorials and laboratory work are postponed until midnight and pending further notice, she said.

At 9am on Thursday, the API remained at 236 on the campus, 272 in Seberang Jaya and 194 in Prai.

The haze that had enveloped most of the southern parts of the Malaysian Peninsula on Wednesday seems to have moved north.

While the API reading for Port Klang and Shah Alam moved back to the "unhealthy" range on Thursday morning (from "very unhealthy" on Wednesday), residents in Perlis and Penang are breathing very unhealthy air.

At 8am on Thursday, the API for some areas that were at the "very unhealthy" level: Kangar (235), Alor Setar (218), Bakar Arang, Sg Petani (237), Langkawi (230), Seberang Perai 2 (262).

Other areas with "unhealthy" levels include: Port Klang (161), Petaling Jaya (116), Shah Alam (139), Kuala Terengganu (108), Batu Muda, KL (122), Cheras (100), Putrajaya (118), Kuching (125), Kota Baru (122), Malacca (102), Seremban (106) and Port Dickson (95) .

An API of between 0 to 50 is considered good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy), 301 and above (hazardous).