KL-Jakarta talks to include MoU on transboundary haze management

Malaysia Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar will meet his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta next week to discuss measures to tackle transboundary haze.

He said the meeting would include talks on a memorandum of understanding by Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand on action to be taken during the occurrence of haze.

“I will discuss what sort of collaboration we can have during the meeting on September 25. One area is how we can help Indonesia to put out fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

“We realise there are certain obstacles in Indonesia regarding our ability to give assistance. Under Indonesia’s federalism, a province has to declare an emergency before the central government can step in to help. Only then can other countries give help, because our agreement is with the central government,” he told reporters here yesterday.

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