Unfortunately Malaysia is one of the country affected by haze. The annual illegal forest fires from Indonesia is the cause of the haze. It is an annual problem in South-East Asia and more countries are affected by the Indonesian haze such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand.
The illegal forest fires are set by the workers in the plantation industry as a cheap mean of clearing the trees to prepare for new ones.
It was once commonly practiced in Malaysia as well with the rubber tree plantations, but due to regulations and alternative used for the woods in furniture industry had reduced the need to dispose the old trees in such way.
This year the haze crisis are getting worst in Malaysia where some states were forced to close the schools and health problems arises. Most affected by the haze are children, elderly, and people with lung and heart disease.During the haze it is recommended to drink plenty of water and stay indoors.
In forums, recently, it is frequently discussed on the haze issues in Malaysia. This had posed negative impacts on travelers looking forward to visit Malaysia, which will spoil their plan for holidays.
It is a repeated problem each year and hard to predict on the haze occurrence. Indonesia and other South-East Asia countries are working hard on solving this issue.
Hopefully, the haze crisis will decrease and the culprit could be punished for their 'environmental crime'.
To check on the Air Pollution Index in Malaysia, Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map checkout the website: http://aqicn.org/map/malaysia/#@g/3.9341/102.486/7z