The Sun (Malaysia)
Govt weighing all options on new API reading system
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