Hong Kong (PRWEB) June 24, 2013
Last week, Singapore recorded all-time high Pollutant Standard Index levels and as a result, the Pacific Prime Singapore office has noticed a significant number of clients escaping to neighboring Malaysia and even Hong Kong, a city that is hardly renowned for its fresh air.
The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and measures air-quality standards. Readings that fall between 51-100 on the scale indicate ‘moderate’ air quality conditions, 101-200 refers to ‘unhealthy’ and 201-300 indicate ‘very unhealthy’ levels.
Readings in Singapore surpassed these figures completely last week and by Thursday afternoon, a reading of 371 was recorded which, according to the scale, indicates ‘hazardous’ conditions. Shockingly, PSI levels continued to rise and on Friday the 21st, BBC news reported that the PSI had reached 401.
Air pollution and haze in Singapore, as well as Malaysia, is typically poor this time of year due to the burning of illegal fires to clear land for farming in Sumatra, Indonesia. This year however, Singapore went from breaking its worst PSI record in 16 years to recording the country’s worst-ever conditions. Although Malaysia has not been as badly affected, around 300 schools have now been closed in the southern regions.
Singaporean residents are certainly feeling the effects and many businesses have appeared to have ground to a halt as employees do not want to risk stepping outside of their homes. Other residents are choosing to leave the country completely and buses to Malaysia, as well as hotels in the region appear to be filling up quickly.
Christian Moore, Pacific Prime Sales Manager, reported on the situation: “A senior executive for a multinational I.T company based in Singapore tried in vain to find a hotel room in Penang to escape for a week, but unfortunately all hotels are booked up. He phoned [Pacific Prime] to enquire how the weather was in Hong Kong and subsequently booked the next flight over". Mr Moore and his team have received frequent calls such as this from clients with similar enquiries.
As of Friday afternoon, pollution levels began to drop but the Singapore government is still strongly recommending residents to remain inside, especially where the elderly or children are concerned. Pacific Prime will continue to monitor the situation and provide clients with any advice needed.