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Kepala Batas man wants to sue Jakarta for US$100m over haze

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Incensed by the worsening haze, a police report has been lodged against the Indonesian government, with the complainant saying he wants to sue them for US$100 million (RM428 million).

A redacted copy of the police report was uploaded to the NGO Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force’s website last night, with personal details such as the complainant’s name being blurred out.

According to the details that can still be read, the report was lodged at the Kepala Batas police station yesterday afternoon.

The complainant said that at around noon yesterday, he found that the haze in his area at downtown Kepala Batas has worsened, and as a result he and his family could not breathe properly.

“On this incident, I am very dissatisfied with the Indonesian government that caused this haze and want to take action in international courts and demand US$100 million from the Indonesian government,” he said in the police report.

When contacted by Malaysiakini , Seberang Perai Utara OCPD Azmi Adam confirmed that such a report was lodged.

The nearest two Department of Environment (DOE) air quality monitoring stations from Kepala Batas are in Seberang Jaya and Sungai Petani.

At the time mentioned in the police report, the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings at the two sites are 146 and 140 respectively, both of which are considered unhealthy.

This worsened to 196 in Seberang Jaya and 184 in Sungai Petani by midnight.

At noon today, the readings have worsened further to 284 and 264 respectively, which are considered "very unhealthy".

The API readings are averages of measurements made in the preceding 24 hours.

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