Friday, 21 June 2013

#Haze: Health Ministry advices public to stay indoors ahead of Saturday’s Black 505 rally

The Health Ministry has repeated its advice to the public to stay indoors to avoid health problems due to haze, as protesters get ready to take part in the Black 505 rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Friday the ministry is not in a position to stop anyone from going outside, but reminded the public that they could get ill due to the worsening haze situation in the country.

"With the (air pollution) index increasing, our general statement is to stay at home. Why unnecessarily go outside and expose yourself to the high index, especially those who already have respiratory problems?" Dr Noor Hisham said after launching the Immunise4Life campaign here.

Pakatan Rakyat, which is organising the rally in protest against the results of the 13th General Election, remained adamant that the event goes on at Padang Merbok despite concerns over potentially worsening haze.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said late Thursday that they do not see any problem with holding the outdoor rally, though he added that they have five medical teams on standby, just in case.


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