MPs speak out on haze

MPs speak out on haze

KUALA LUMPUR - Members of Parliament from both sides of the divide have voiced concern over the worsening haze that has choked the nation.

Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai urged the Indonesian Government to ratify the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

"I urge the public to make reports with the Department of Environment if they come across any open burning. If you are having breathing difficulties, please go to the doctor.

"Early prevention is important," he said.

Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he had filed a motion under the Standing Order 18 (1) to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to discuss the serious haze situation that had resulted in school closures in certain states.

"The Parliament secretariat has confirmed that it has received the motion. I hope the Speaker will allow for the motion to be debated as the haze is a matter of public interest and is urgent," he said in his Twitter account yesterday.

Dr Wee said the earliest that the motion could be debated is tomorrow.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said she had also filed a similar motion to debate about the haze in Parliament.

She said DAP parliamentarians would support the decision made by the Indonesian Government to take action against the culprits.

Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said environmental issues such as the haze should transcend political differences and was an issue that should unite the MPs.

"We must be more aggressive in fighting for the protection of the environment as it affects everyone," she said.

Kuala Krai MP Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli hoped that the Government would hasten cloud seeding operations to improve the situation.

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