Malaysia sees sharp rise in open fires early 2024

Published on 30 Mar 2024 5:14:24 PM

The country recorded a drastic increase in open fire cases in the first two months of 2024, partly due to hot and extremely dry weather, according to Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming.

Speaking at the launch of Op Siaga Raya Aidilfitri 2024 on Saturday (March 30), Nga noted that in February alone, there were 5,556 open fire cases, representing a more than sixfold increase or 645%, compared to 746 cases in January.