Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How To Check Air Pollutant Index for Malaysia

This post is applicable for Malaysia only.

The haze is back. No thanks to open burning at Sumatra island of Indonesia, every year Malaysia and Singapore (and part of Thailand?) will suffer from haze for few months, at some years, it was a few times in a year.

Department of Environment did a good job to put up a webpage so that public can easily look for the Air Pollutant Index. The webpage is called Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS).

pix credit: Department of Environment of Malaysia

The system will be update the index at 7am, 11am and 5pm everyday. At the Google Maps, you can zoom-in to the area that you want to look for. However the reading is not at every location, the readings are being pin at the station that collecting the Air Pollutant reading.

Air Pollutant Index on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

So what is API mean? It can be a reference for us to decide should we do outdoor activities or not. For more than 100 API, it is consider unhealthy, and we should stay indoor. For moderate level, the API is between 51 and 100, personally I would consider it is not good to stay outdoor as well.The picture above showing Seberang Jaya, Perai at 101 API, which is at unhealthy level.

API Status
0-50 Good
51-100 Moderate
101-200 Unhealthy
201-300 Very Unhealthy
>301 Hazardous

The link to check Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS):

You can also check the past API record by going to this link:

Update: (2013 Jun 24) looks the website links has been updated on DoE website.
Pls go to the main page to get the daily detail report:
It is very slow on all the pages related to Air Pollutant Index.
The best advice is to stay indoor as much as you can, avoid outdoor activities. If you can smell the burning haze smell, meaning it is relatively harmful to human.
The air filter sellers should be laughing right now.
I have tried this link again, it is working now:

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