[Groop] Groo in Indonesia...???
azamin7 at pd.jaring.my
Thu Aug 11 09:32:14 PDT 2005
Did anybody release Groo in Sumatra, Indonesia...?? there was massive
fires (fire for land clearing and bush fire) that engulf south east
asia, including malaysia with haze...? Malaysia was declared in state
of emergency today in some areas because of this haze...
Malaysia haze triggers emergency
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4140660.stm where at some ares,
the API had reached over 500
Malaysia in state of emergency from pollution haze
Looks like this is the act of Groo... and he might be in Indonesia now....
some pictures... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4137820.stm
Air quality in Kuala Selangor and Port Klang "very unhealthy"
News Update by The Star Newsdesk
PETALING JAYA: As of 11am, hazardous air quality levels have been
recorded at 51 Department of Environment (DOE) monitoring stations.
The API reading at Kuala Selangor was "very unhealthy" at 531 while Port
Klang recorded an equally highly hazardous level of 529.
Meanwhile, visibility in Sepang and Petaling Jaya were between 500m and
1km, whereas in Subang, Temerloh and Malacca, it was between 1.3km and
Other areas like Kuala Krai, Setiawan, Kuching and Bintulu recorded
visibility readings of between 3 and 5km.
Haze clouds market sentiment
BY C.S. TAN and IZWAN IDRIS
As the haze envelopes the Klang Valley, concerns over its economic
impact have led to cautious investors trimming their positions in the
As a result, the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) yesterday fell nine
points to the day's low before partially recovering in the final half
hour of trading to close at 939, down five points.
The first to bear the economic impact of the haze was Northport (M) Bhd,
which said yesterday that port operations had been suspended due to
hazardous environmental conditions and poor visibility, and would resume
once the situation improved.
Northport, with operations in Port Klang, the worst affected area, is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of NCB Holdings Bhd. NCB shares eased five sen
The suspension of operations at the port could temporarily affect
imports or exports of manufacturers and food wholesalers. It could also
cause inconvenience to logistics companies that move these goods or
At the same time, Subang airport just outside Kuala Lumpur announced it
was closed till conditions improved. Meanwhile, the authorities are
closely monitoring visibility at the KL International Airport.
Not surprisingly, these conditions cast a pall over Malaysia Airports
Holdings Bhd shares, which declined nine sen, or 4%, to RM2.08 yesterday.
Among airlines, Malaysia Airlines fell eight sen to RM3.66 and AirAsia
eased one sen to RM1.76.
The haze may also lead to a reduction in tourist arrivals although
figures are yet to be made available.
At the street level, retail businesses are also feeling the impact as
the haze kept people at home.
The businesses most affected were sidewalk cafés and shops. The open-air
sections of these cafés, which are normally packed, are now deserted.
This would reduce consumer demand, an important element in the economy.
In previous years, when winds blew the smoke from fires in Indonesia to
every part of this country, some plantation companies were also affected
as the haze had led to lower yield from oil palm trees.
This time, however, as the haze seems to have affected mostly the Klang
Valley, plantations companies may be spared.
One company that stands to benefit from the haze is PLUS Expressways
Bhd, which is likely to see more traffic on its tolled North-South
Expressway as more people are expected to use the highway to head to
other parts of the country, especially during the weekends, to escape
Similarly, resorts and hotels in other parts of the country may see
higher occupancy levels while occupancies in Kuala Lumpur are likely to
If the haze persists, the economic consequences could be significant as
it grips the commercial heart of the nation. It could, of course, also
clear any time as soon as it rains.
If both the haze persists and market conditions continue to be overcast,
traders may sell their shares while those with a contrarian view may buy
stocks whose prices have fallen, in anticipation better conditions when
the haze clears.
The KLCI's decline yesterday went against the regional trend in which
most other markets went up. As the KLCI eased 0.6%, the Straits Times
Index in Singapore declined 0.4%.
The regional markets were led by Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index, which
surged almost 2% and Japan's Nikkei 225, which rose 1.7% on optimism of
stronger economic growth.
More places under hazy siege
It is confirmed - our air is hazardous and in more places than earlier
thought. The people wanted the Air Pollution Index (API) released and
the Government did so on the order from the Cabinet.
KL schools closed as haze situation worsens
All schools in Kuala Lumpur and parts of Selangor are closed today and
tomorrow due to the worsening haze which has seriously affected the
health of schoolchildren.
Students made to run around field
A teacher made some 200 Year Six pupils run round a field after they
created a ruckus during recess in SRK Kampung Tunku.
API reading for Klang Valley at unhealthy level
The Air Pollutant Index confirmed the people's worst fears that the air
in the entire Klang Valley was very unhealthy and in Klang hazardous.
ICY SURPRISE: Christopher Anand Anthonysamy, a reader of The Star,
showing the ice that fell during a hailstorm in Subang Jaya Wednesday.
The hailstorm brought both surprise and relief to the residents facing a
worsening haze. Christopher, 15, said he was at home in SS14/5E with his
mother and sister when the storm occured. They ran out to get the
laundry only to be greeted by rain that had turned into ice. 'I grabbed
my digital camera and started recording. I have never seen so much ice
falling down from the sky,' Christopher told The Star.
Haze-related illnesses increasing
Clinics are recording an increase in illnesses triggered by poor air
quality over 72 hours.
Masks selling like hot cakes
Pharmacies are doubling up their stock of masks due to the worsening
Poor visibility forces airport to close
The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS) airport has been temporarily closed
due to poor visibility.
50ha orchard in Sekinchan on fire
A 50ha orchard in Sekinchan, Selangor, is on fire due to open burning
Port Klang engulfed by smoke
With the whole town covered in haze, visitors might think that a raging
inferno had erupted.
Most people want schools to close
More than a thousand Internet users took part in The Star Online's poll
on the haze, indicating serious public concern over the unhealthy air
quality in several parts of the country.
Fisherman unable to go out to sea
Fisherman Soh Ah Hak has not been going out to sea for the past four
days because the haze has severely reduced visibility in the Straits of
Fish die from lack of oxygen
The haze is behind the death of thousands of fish at a pond in Kampung
Pasir in Rantau, near Seremban.
Indonesia draws censure
Stay off busy shipping lanes at Malacca Straits advice
Fishermen in Muar have been advised against going out to fish in the
busy shipping lanes in the Malacca Straits because of poor visibility
caused by the haze.
No mass cancellation by foreign tourists
The haze which is enveloping the Klang Valley has not created a wave of
vacation cancellations or kept tourists from visiting Malaysia.
'Post haze info on highways'
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu told highway concessionaires
yesterday to take measures to ensure the safety of motorists using the
26 students faint in class
Twenty-six students in a classroom at SM Tengku Ampuan Jemaah fainted
because of the bad haze situation.
Pahang affected, too
The town and some districts in Pahang were covered with haze Wednesday.
Firm donates 10,000 masks
A private firm has contributed 10,000 surgical masks to schools in the
Klang Valley and for newspaper vendors nationwide.
# Take part in our online poll
<http://poll.thestar.com.my/forms/form.asp?file=/2005/8/11> on the haze
# See a selection of pictures of the haze taken by The Star readers in the
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