Malaysia, Indonesia close to signing haze pact


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Malaysia, Indonesia close to signing haze pact

By DEVID RAJAH

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to sign the long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) in June to tackle haze-related problems affecting the region.

In a joint press conference, the chairman of the Fourth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution, Rachmat Witoelar, said the progress for the signing of MoU for collaboration between Malaysia and Indonesia in Riau Province was in its final stage.

The MoU signing would see the implementation of zero burning techniques, an early warning system, peatland management activities in collaboration with various stakeholders in Riau.

Rachmat, who is also the Indonesian Minister of Environment, said the MoU signing was expected to take place in June.

“We have zero burning policy and our Government will prosecute any company caught carrying out open burning.”

“If there is open burning on a plot of land the plantation or land owner will have to take responsibility for it. They (land or plantation owners) must ensure there is no burning on their plots,” he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/8/nation/20080408154902&sec=nation

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