Thursday, August 11, 2005

state of emergency

BBC has reported that the Malaysian Government has apparently declared a state of emergency earlier this afternoon, after the API hit unprecedented levels of 531 and 529 in Kuala Selangor and Port Klang respectively.

"Government officials said the state of emergency would extend inland to the entire Klang Valley, covering the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur."

The local media has yet to carry any official declaration from the Government but ChannelNewsAsia has also reported similar news.

Update: The Government has issued an official decree declaring a state of emergency ONLY in Kuala Selangor and Port Klang. All work places are to remain closed indefinitely, except for essential services, food shops and supermarkets. The Prime Minister has stressed that the emergency did not mean a curfew, and the Selangor Government will continue to administer the affected areas.


Sivin Kit said...

this is so so mega serious ... Lord have mercy, we truly pray for rain and wind

jv. said...

i think God answered our prayers...the skies are considerably clearer this morning. hope they stay that way.

fie said...

hey jv, where did you get that BBC quote from? i went to the site, but couldn't find it. i'm doing a media subject and we're discussing false/misinterpreted reporting.

jv. said...

it was from the ORIGINAL report that BBC published, obviously incorrect now that the Government has come out with an official statement.

those smart-a$$es must have removed the quote.

why, even the ChannelNewsAsia link doesn't work anymore =p

phyebeng said...

yes, its an internet phenomenon called depublishing where articles are retracted and media companies make dunno.