Haze: Show us proof Malaysian firms are involved

Haze: Show us proof Malaysian firms are involved
File Photo: Malaysia's Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will ask Indonesia for proof that Malaysian agricultural companies are involved in open burning in Sumatra, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

He added that he would discuss this matter with Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya during their meeting tomorrow.

"They said that many Malaysian companies are involved but we do not know if Indonesian companies are involved as well," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here yesterday.

On cloud seeding, Palanivel said he would discuss with Indonesia on the possibility of sending Malaysian water bombers there to put out the peat fires.

"Even if we conduct cloud seeding in Malaysia, the haze will keep coming back," he said.

On opposition claims that the Government had not been acting fast enough on the haze problem, Palanivel said it was usual for the Opposition to criticise the Government for everything.

Separately, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said Malaysia would support Indonesia's action against errant Malaysian companies involved in open burning.

"Please do whatever you have to do under your laws whether it is a Malaysian, Singapore or Indonesian company," he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony in Parliament yesterday.

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