Sunday, June 23, 2013

Haze: Opposition to set aside politicking, make haze the priority in Parliament on Monday

Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers will put aside politicking and make the worsening haze its priority when Parliament convenes on Monday.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said on Sunday that the haze was the main concern of all Malaysians and as such, Pakatan would make it a priority.

Though denying that the haze had resulted in lower turnout at the Black505 protest rally at Padang Merbok on Saturday, Anwar admitted that the elderly, those with chronic respiratory ailments and young children were asked to leave the event earlier at about 4pm.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who was also present at the event, echoed similar concerns, saying that nothing else mattered most than tackling the haze issue, which is an emergency.

The haze condition had worsened in several major towns and cities in the country over the weekend with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declaring a state of emergency in Muar and Ledang districts when API levels breached the 300 hazardous mark.
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