This is What Happens when Malaysia Farts in Our General Direction

After reports of hazy conditions in the east over the past few days, a light haze and burnt smell lingered in the air  parts of Singapore.

Some wondered if the smog had returned.

The cause turned out to be a fire at a landfill site in southern Johor.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said a bush fire last Thursday evening had affected one of the cells at the landfill in Pasir Gudang – an industrial town.

North-east winds blew the smoke to Singapore.

Malaysian authorities say they are working to put out the fire in the area and cap burnt areas with soil to prevent fires from spreading.

Air quality in Singapore remains within the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) range of 55 and 70.

“NEA will continue to monitor the air quality readings and notify the public if there are any changes to the PSI,” the agency said.

In a Facebook post, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said  Singapore will “stand ready to assist if requested.”

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