Hee stressed that parties found guilty of open burning could face a fine of up to RM500,000 or jail not more than five years or both under Section 29A of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.
However, the matter has yet to be discussed by the Ministry, she told a media conference after the pre-launch of the 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) here yesterday.
She said the data from Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) clearly shows that the neighbouring country is responsible for the current haze in Malaysia.
Yesterday, Zuraida said a HOC to cater to foreign buyers may be organised for unsold high-end homes.
“The particle size for the haze we are breathing in now is 2.5 microns and the most suitable face mask for this is the surgical mask. Apart from wearing face masks outdoors, we are also advised to drink at least eight glasses of water, and wash our hands with soap and clean water after being involved in outdoor activity. Physical activity outdoors should also be reduced,”