Saturday, September 12, 2009

Malaysia ready to douse Indonesian forest fires

Malaysia ready to douse Indonesian forest fires


SIBU, Fri: Malaysia is ready to send its fire bomber aircraft or air tanker to help Indonesia douse its fires in a joint effort to reduce the occurrence of transboundary haze.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said here today he had written to his Indonesian counterpart on the availability and readiness of the aircraft to fly there.

He said here today that this was in response to the Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore Ministerial Standing Committee Meeting on transboundary haze problem in Singapore last month where it was agreed that co-ordinated efforts would be made by all in fighting it.

"Indonesia had indicated at the meeting that it might need our help.

"If this happens, we will contribute in ensuring a haze free Hari Raya celebration for the people especially in Sarawak," he said.

"At the same time, we pray that there will be more rains in Kalimantan," he said.

He said that based on a satelite report, 700 hotspots had been detected in Kalimantan as of yesterday compared with less than 50 in the state itself.

Uggah also commended the people as well as the state and government ministeries for their co-operation in reducing open burning which had helped to reduce the local haze problem.

"We really appreciate such efforts and co-operation," he said. -- BERNAMA


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