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Indonesia has done too late and too little to tackle the haze problem


Media Statement

by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday): The DAP delegation led by Sec Gen Lim Guan Eng met the First Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur this morning over the haze problem.

Judging from the explanations and statement issued by the Indon Embassy today, we could only say it's too late and too little on the part of the Indonesia authority in tackling the above environmental menace.


So many years have passed but they have not ratified the Asean trans-borders agreement on haze; they are now saying "the matter is being debated in the Indonesia parliament".


And guess how much manpower they were engaging in fighting the current "forest fires" in Kalimantan, Sumatra, Rain, Slaws and other parts of Indonesia ? 1058.


And they are talking about 'those who were found burning the forest will be charged and heavy fines will be imposed." But they have produced no figures whatsoever on how many wrongdoers were charged and fined so far.


And the other measure they were employing to tackle the haze was cloud seeding. But where can you find clouds to do the seeding when you were burning forests everywhere and the temperature was so hot all–round?


The Indonesian government appears to be very much lacking the political will to resolve this environmental disaster although their own citizens also suffer from the haze.


The Malaysian Government is also at fault. Their duty and responsibility is to protect the health and economic wellbeing of this nation and its citizens. But they do not even put up an official protest as of today. Do they care about the losses we incurred in terms of health, economic activities and tourism?


ASEAN as a whole has also failed to help resolving this problem. It should collectively pressure the Indonesian authority to at least ratify the trans-borders agreement immediately and at the same time provide assistance and efforts to resolve the matter.


The DAP delegation also put up a protest outside the embassy before meeting their officials.


Yes! Return our blue sky to us!


*Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP CEC member and NGO Bureau Chief

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