The smog conditions in Muar has reached critical levels this evening, even as the DOE website failed to record any readings after 11.00am.

Regional Haze Map
Source: NEA

The last reading for Muar was 373 at 11.00am

By 4.00pm, the reading soared to 453. Late last night, Lim Kit Siang tweeted that the readings had reached an incredible 519 at 8.00pm and 578 at 10.00pm, though he did not mention the source of his info.

It is appalling that the DOE is not providing us hourly updates unlike their Singapore counterparts.

This is environmental crime.

Attention is now focused on the open-burning suspects in Indonesia and elsewhere in the region. The spotlight falls on oil palm plantation companies and smallholders.