The Sun (Malaysia)

Govt weighing all options on new API reading system

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KUALA LUMPUR: The federal government is weighing all options before implementi­ng the particulat­e matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) reading system for air pollutant index (API).

Natural Resources and Environmen­t Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the system was already approved, and involved no less than 50 companies.

“The process is very intricate. We have to consider the financial and technologi­cal aspects, as well as the availabili­ty of profession­als for the companies,” he said at a press conference after officiatin­g at the 2014/2015 Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award (PHMA) sponsorshi­p ceremony here yesterday.

He said when implemente­d, the PM2.5 system will also be able to read freshwater and saltwater pollution levels.

“I have instructed my officers to provide both PM2.5 and PM10 statistics, so the public will be able to tell the difference,” said Wan Junaidi, adding the new system would likely be implemente­d by 2017.

“This will take some time, but hopefully we will have everything ready by the end of next year.”

The PHMA 2014/2015 saw 10 local corporatio­ns and seven state government­s step forward to sponsor a total of RM161,000 for running the PHMA.

It is presented every two years to the best performing companies in green and sustainabl­e business practices.

UMW Holdings Sdn Bhd heads the list with a contributi­on of RM25,000, followed by Malaysian Mosaics Sdn Bhd with RM21,000, Secret Recipe Sdn Bhd with RM20,000, and PHN Industry Sdn Bhd with RM15,000. – by Choong Boon Siew

 ??  ?? Wan Junaidi (centre) and PHMA organising committee chairman Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur with representa­tives of corporate sponsors at the sponsorshi­p cheque presentati­on ceremony at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.
Wan Junaidi (centre) and PHMA organising committee chairman Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur with representa­tives of corporate sponsors at the sponsorshi­p cheque presentati­on ceremony at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

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