ROMANCING THE HAZE: MALAYSIA STILL CHOKED BY INDONESIA'S HAZE AFTER 14 YEARS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- The respective ministers in-charge of environment from Asean countries will convene here next Wednesday, for the transboundry haze pollution meeting which has been brought forward from the original schedule next month.

Malaysia, supported by Singapore, has asked for the meeting to be held earlier after the haze from forest fires in Sumatera and Riau engulfed parts of Indonesia and the two countries.

In the latest occurrence, Malaysia had to declare a state of emergency for Muar and Ledang, with many schools forced to close due to the thick smog and the Air Pollution Index reaching hazardous level.

The meeting, officially known as the Meeting of the Sub-regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution has met 14 times in the past to discuss action plans and strategies to tackle forest fires and the haze.

However, the haze continues to mar our beautiful skyline annually, without fail. Why? Is there no solution in sight?

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