The Haze: Another Indonesian Minister slams S'pore

The Haze: Another Indonesian Minister slams S'pore

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Malaysia should "know themselves" (tahu diri) over the haze, said Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik (above) on Monday.

He accused both countries of trying to discredit Indonesia over the issue, reported The Straits Times.

"Let me remind our friends from Malaysia, Singapore, don't just because of the haze, tell stories to the world," he said when opening a meeting of senior energy officials from Asean countries in Bali.

"It's called sharing, you go through good times together, don't make noise to the world when things go bad. It's just like husband and wife, don't take your quarrel outside."

Mr Jero also told reporters yesterday that Malaysia and Singapore had made much profit from Indonesia all this while, news website reported. But they were now trying to discredit Indonesia when they should help, he said.

Mr Jero said Malaysia had benefited from bilateral cooperation with Indonesia, including electricity imports from Indonesia.

Singapore, likewise, had also benefited from Indonesia's gas supply and the large number of Indonesian tourists visiting the Republic.

Both countries should sit together to resolve the problem without making a big deal of it to the world, he added.

But later on Monday, his boss, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, struck a more conciliatory tone as he apologised for the haze.

"For what has happened, as President, I say sorry and seek the understanding of our relatives in Singapore and Malaysia," he said.

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