Emergency or not?

Just saw this news item on Bernama:

Haze Worsens, API Above 500 In Two Areas
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 (Bernama) — The Air Pollutant Index (API) in several areas in Klang Valley have worsened markedly Thursday with readings above 500, classified as “hazardous” to health.
However, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said the decision on whether to declare an emergency, will be made by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as Chairman of the National Disaster and Relief Management Committee.
As at 6 am today, Port Klang recorded an API reading of 534 while Kuala Selangor, the level had breached 510, he told reporters after attending a meet-the-people session with the Chinese community here today.
However, he said the API reading in Kuala Selangor at 11 am had risen to 531 while in Port Klang, the level had fallen to 529.
However, he said following this development, the ministry was waiting for further advice from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office on the next move.

A few bloggers on PPS point out that foreign news agencies are reporting that we have declared ‘a state of emergency’ (see BBC, Channelnewsasia, Forbes).

So what is it, dear elected representatives of the Malaysian people? Are we in a state of emergency or not?!!

UPDATE: OK. So it is an official emergency now – for Port Klang and Kuala Selangor, anyway. If the status-*cough*-quo remains, it’s gonna be a state of emergency for the rest of us too… (Thanks, Papi, for the pointer!)

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5 thoughts on “Emergency or not?”

  1. An emergency in Malaysia means “we will form a committee and we’ll have a special meeting to discuss what to do when a state of emergency is declared. The meeting will be held at 1pm, and a buffet lunch will be served. Then we’ll have a press conference at 3.30 pm, just after the tea break.” That’s emergency in Malaysia.

  2. It’s declared already….we are now in the state or emergency. try to have a look at my blog i have mention it with the gov website as well

  3. Papi: You know the govt so well, man… 😀

    kcyap: Your blog points to the Channelnewsasia site and the JAS API index. Our govt hasn’t actually made any announcement in the local press yet about this. Don’t know where the foreign press got the scoop.

  4. depend on what your boss say lah… if got emergency/holiday.. unless ur a government servant..in which case every friday is holiday (sit down and shake legs day) ha..ha…

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