ASEAN meeting urges for forest fire punishment

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haze2ASEAN officials at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur demanded on July 24 the punishment for companies involved in the recent Indonesian forest fires that causes severe air pollution in Malaysia and Singapore.

Indonesian Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya said that delegations attending the “15th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution” discussed the legal enforcement against those violating the existing regulations.

The meeting in Kuala Lumpur also agreed on applying Indonesia’s legal codes to charge companies involved in the forest fires. The Indonesian environmental ministry has previously identified eight plantation firms that include domestic and foreign-controlled companies which are believed to be involved the Sumatra forest fires.

Indonesia has solely extinguished the forest fires in several regencies in Riau province on Sumatra that broke out earlier in July. In coordination with police, Indonesian military and research and technology agency and disaster mitigation agency engaged planes and helicopters to undertake operation to extinguish the fire with artificial rain and water bombardment in areas gutted by fire.

Minister Kambuaya said that Indonesia is ready to deal with similar cases as the forest fire emergency period in the province will last until October at the latest this year.

Over the past days, the haze from the Sumatra forest fires has come back to Malaysia, engulfed Klang Valley, Putrajaya, Pahang and Johor in peninsular Malaysia, and is expected to spread further inland and might possibly reach Singapore again.

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ASEAN officials at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur demanded on July 24 the punishment for companies involved in the recent Indonesian forest fires that causes severe air pollution in Malaysia and Singapore.

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haze2ASEAN officials at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur demanded on July 24 the punishment for companies involved in the recent Indonesian forest fires that causes severe air pollution in Malaysia and Singapore.

Indonesian Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya said that delegations attending the “15th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution” discussed the legal enforcement against those violating the existing regulations.

The meeting in Kuala Lumpur also agreed on applying Indonesia’s legal codes to charge companies involved in the forest fires. The Indonesian environmental ministry has previously identified eight plantation firms that include domestic and foreign-controlled companies which are believed to be involved the Sumatra forest fires.

Indonesia has solely extinguished the forest fires in several regencies in Riau province on Sumatra that broke out earlier in July. In coordination with police, Indonesian military and research and technology agency and disaster mitigation agency engaged planes and helicopters to undertake operation to extinguish the fire with artificial rain and water bombardment in areas gutted by fire.

Minister Kambuaya said that Indonesia is ready to deal with similar cases as the forest fire emergency period in the province will last until October at the latest this year.

Over the past days, the haze from the Sumatra forest fires has come back to Malaysia, engulfed Klang Valley, Putrajaya, Pahang and Johor in peninsular Malaysia, and is expected to spread further inland and might possibly reach Singapore again.

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