PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia is expected to be free of the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon this year, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said based on the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) report, the country is expected to receive normal rainfall for September and October this year while occurrences of exceptionally high temperature, drought and haze are also not expected.
"MetMalaysia's forecast since last year until now is very accurate. I am confident, with this forecast, our country will not experience severe effects of the El Nina and La Nina phenomenon this year," he said at a news conference after chairing the National Haze and Dry Weather Committee meeting here Tuesday.
Wan Junaidi said the meeting agreed on a thorough monitoring of the peat soils with frequent combustion by activating the Fire Prevention and Peat Soil Management Operations programme's operational procedures.
Hence, he said the Mineral and Geoscience Department would conduct a comprehensive study on the construction of check dams and tube wells to address the haze problem through peat soil management.
He said the tube wells is a ground water