Night view of George Town, Penang covered in haze. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) decides to postpone all classes on Monday (5/10) as Air Pollutant Index (API) reading at the USM station on the island almost reached 200. Pix by Amir Irsyad Omar

GEORGE TOWN: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has decided to postpone all classes today due to the worsening haze condition.

As of late last night, the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading at the USM station on the island almost reached 200.

USM registrar Siti Zubaidah A. Hamid said the postponement was a precautionary measure following the latest situation.

"The postponement of both lectures and tutorials will involve the main campus as well as USM's campuses in Nibong Tebal and Bertam respectively," she said.

Siti Zubaidah said postponement, if any, at its health campus in Kelantan would depend on the API reading.

"All classes postponed will need to be replaced depending on the suitability of each of the different schools.

"Any further postponement will be announced from time to time," she added.

Siti Zubaidah advised all staff and undergraduates to abide by the university's standard operating procedure (SOP) in haze management to avoid from possible health problems.