MFA to Indonesia: Proof, please

SINGAPORE - Singapore wants clarification on statements made by Indonesian ministers on Singapore-linked companies reportedly involved in illegal land-clearing practices in Indonesia, and the relevant evidence.

These points were in a diplomatic note from Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs) Chee Wee Kiong to Indonesian Ambassador Andri Hadi on Monday, said a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement.

Mr Chee said that if there is credible evidence that Singapore-owned companies or companies operating in Singapore are involved, the Government will take further steps against these errant companies.

At the same time, he reiterated that the primary responsibility for legal and enforcement actions against these companies is with Indonesia.

He said it is important to focus on dealing with the haze and that the comments made by Indonesia's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik that Singapore is not a good neighbour is unhelpful.

Ambassador Andri said he would convey Mr Chee's points to Indonesia. He said that it was important for both sides to keep the lines of communication open.