Murky Depths of the Haze

It’s been some time since I mentioned the haze on this blog. The last time I did it was 10 years ago.

In any case, the haze has returned as it is wont to do year upon year upon year. This time it returned with even more of a vengeance than the last. It’s been weeks and the haze does not seem to be going away soon. It cast a murky shade of gray upon everything in Kuala Lumpur during the graduation weekend. The environs of The Mall near the PWTC – now upgraded and renamed Sunway Putra Mall – is thick with the stuff, like heavy mist except for the strong omnipresent smell and taste of smoke.

The murk

The murk

Maybe I should have just gotten the university to send me my degree by mail.

Sunway Putra Mall walkway

Sunway Putra Mall walkway

The day we headed back to Sitiawan, the haze seemed to be even worse. The view below showed how the PLUS Highway looked like upon passing the Jalan Duta toll plaza, heading out of the city.

Jalan Duta murk

Jalan Duta murk

The view along the LATAR Highway is usually a pleasant shade of green and blue.

Sungai Besar

Sungai Besar

It was apparent that the haze would not let up even as we passed Sungai Besar and approached Perak.

Get off the road, Hisham

Get off the road, Hisham

I can’t wait to get back to Perlis, which is further north, where the chances of haze-smothering is lower than the rest of the country.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

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