Jul 01, 2013

    S'poreans 'rightly worried' by haze

    SINGAPOREANS are "rightly worried" about the effects of haze on their health, said Dr Ng Eng Hen, chairman of the Haze Inter-ministerial Committee, last Saturday.

    Responding to a question from the media about whether people have been overreacting to the haze situation, he said that Singaporeans get upset because they treasure the country's clean air and environment.

    However, both the Government and citizens need to have "a measured sense of composure" and to deal with other countries and people with "dignity and respect", he said.

    Dr Ng, who is also Defence Minister, was speaking at a media interview ahead of Singapore Armed Forces Day today.

    The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit its lowest in weeks yesterday, dipping below 20 for a few hours at one point.

    The 24-hour PSI is expected to remain in the moderate range today, said the National Environment Agency. But PM2.5 particles - particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns, said to be more harmful than larger particles - are still at slightly elevated levels, putting the health advisory in the unhealthy range.