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Forest fires cause Sri Aman API to hit hazardous level
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 20): The forest fires at Kampung STC Sri Aman Village, Jalan Tisak Betong and Jalan Ketajau as well as the transboundary haze have contributed to air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak re...
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Forest fires cause Sri Aman API to hit hazardous level
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 20 — The forest fires at Kampung STC Sri Aman Village, Jalan Tisak Betong and Jalan Ketajau as well as the transboundary haze have contributed to air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak rea...
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What happened to the Asean haze agreement? Experts say deal is toothless
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― The recurring haze season afflicting neighbours Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore will unlikely to abate if the countries rely solely on the Asean Agreement on Transboundary ...
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KLCI extends losses for third day, ringgit rises on firmer oil prices
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia was en route to a third straight day of losses as monetary stimulus measures by major central banks failed to lift investor sentiment amid...
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Indonesia arrests 230 for starting fires in forests
PETALING JAYA: Indonesia has arrested 230 people for starting fires in forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan, The Straits Times (ST) reported today.
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I don’t know why Jokowi refuses our offer to fight forest fires, says Dr M
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia never asked Indonesia why it did not accept its offer of assistance to combat the haze-causing forest fires in the republic, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
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Malaysia offers to help fight Indonesian forest fires – Mahathir
Indonesian fire fighters extinguish a fire in a land next to residence in Pekanbaru, Riau province.
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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over haze
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday (Sep 19), affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires se...
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Use existing law to go after haze culprits, MP says
PETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago today suggested that the government utilise an existing piece of legislation to go after companies responsible for the haze that has blanketed the country for ...
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Local fishermen lost at sea due to haze rescued by Indonesians
MALACCA: Two fishermen who lost their way as a result of the hazy conditions at sea were rescued by a group of Indonesian fishermen in the nation’s waters early this morning.
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Local fishermen lost at sea due to haze rescued by Indonesians
MELAKA (Bernama): Two fishermen who lost their way as a result of hazy conditions at sea were rescued by a group of Indonesian fishermen in Indonesian waters early...
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Haze: We are doing everything we can, says Jokowi
JAKARTA (Sept 18): Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) (pictured) said Indonesia is doing everything it can in efforts to tackle forest fires that have led to severe haze in several parts of t...
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Jokowi expresses disappointment over forest fires
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the forest fires in Riau would not recurhad the government machinery been more effective in containing the hotspotsearly on.In his Facebook post yesterday, Widodo...
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Joko Widodo expresses disappointment on forest fires
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the forest fires in Riau would not recur had the government machinery been more effective in containing the hotspots early on.
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Jokowi calls for culprits to be punished
PETALING JAYA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for a crackdown on those responsible for forest fires in the republic.
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Gov’t steps up preparations to address worsening haze: Wan Azizah
MUKAH: The government is stepping up its preparations in addressing the worsening haze in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pix) said today.
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Haze at hazardous level in Sri Aman because close to Kalimantan: DOE
PUTRAJAYA: The air quality in Sri Aman worsened to the hazardous level today due to its location, which is close to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, said the Department of Environment (DoE). The Air Po...
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Indonesia coordinating with Malaysia to battle haze
JOHOR BAHRU: The Indonesian government has been coordinating and communicating with the Malaysian government in its effort to combat the forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
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Govt steps up preparations to address worsening haze — Wan Azizah
MUKAH, Sarawak (Sept 17): The government is stepping up its preparations in addressing the worsening haze in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
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Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires: President Widodo
PEKANBARU: Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area on ...
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Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires: President Widodo
PEKANBARU: Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area on ...
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Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires, says Widodo
JAKARTA: Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across Southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area today.
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Indonesian environmentalists blast govt for not being serious in tackling forest fires
JAKARTA (Sept 17) Indonesian environmental activists have criticised the government for its apparent lack of seriousness in tackling forest fires, resulting in the bad haze, and affecting public safet...
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Cabinet to discuss haze, Malaysian firms in Indonesia tomorrow
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Hin will brief the Cabinet tomorrow on the haze that has engulfed the country since early this month, as d...
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Indonesian environmentalists blast gov't for not being serious in putting out fires
Indonesian environmental activists have criticised the government for its apparent lack of seriousness in tackling forest fires, resulting in the bad haze, and affecting public safety.
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Jokowi orders crackdown on arsonists: SE Asia haze update
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a crackdown against individuals and companies responsible for forest fires that have caused a dangerous haze in...
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Respiratory illness spikes, travel affected as haze hits South-east Asia
JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesia opened temporary clinics to treat thousands of people suffering from acute respiratory illness in the haze-struck regions as the authorities stepped up efforts to douse...
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Haze: Sri Aman in S'wak records 'hazardous' air level
The Air Pollution Index (API) reading in several areas of Sarawak recorded unsafe readings this morning, with Sri Aman near Kuching hitting the hazardous level.
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What causes South East Asia's haze?
Almost every year, a smoky haze blankets the South East Asian region - signalling the return of forest fires in Indonesia.
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Indonesia, Malaysia ready to carry out cloud seeding operations
Two Indonesian aircraft are on standby to carry out cloud seeding operations to douse transboundary haze-causing fires in Riau, with rain forecast to fall in the province close to Singapore and Malays...
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Peat fire in Muar, ‘very unhealthy’ in Tangkak and Melaka
PUTRAJAYA: “Very unhealthy” air quality was reported in Tangkak, Johor, and Melaka city, caused by trans-boundary haze and several incidents of fires in the bush and on private land.
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Haze: Tangkak, Malacca Town record unhealthy API readings
PUTRAJAYA: The Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in Tangkak, Johor and Malacca Town has surpassed the very unhealthy level as at 11am with readings of 253 and 220 respectively.
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Firm confirms forest fire in its estate
PETALING JAYA: Plantation company Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) has confirmed that there was a forest fire in one of its estates in Riau, Indonesia.
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More than 300 schools in Johor to close as air quality reaches 'very unhealthy' level
JOHOR BAHRU: More than 300 schools and kindergartens in Malaysia's southern state of Johor have been ordered to close on Sunday (Sep 15) after the haze reached "very unhealthy" levels in three distric...
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KLK to cooperate with Indonesian authorities on forest fires investigation
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14): Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) will cooperate with the Indonesian authorities on the investigation into forest fires on land owned by a subsidiary, P.T. Adei Plantation and I...
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KLK to cooperate with Indonesian authorities on forest fires investigation
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) will cooperate with the Indonesian authorities on the investigation into forest fires on land owned by a subsidiary, P.T. Adei Plantation and Industry (P.T....
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Malaysian planter KLK confirms fire at land of unit named by Indonesia
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Plantation conglomerate Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Bhd admitted today that open burning occurred on land belonging to an Indonesian subsidiary that was sealed off yesterday.
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KLK confirms forest fire in Indonesian subsidiary's estate
PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) has confirmed that there was a forest fire in one of its estates in Riau, Indonesia.
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Indonesia seals off 29 firms' plantations to curb fires
Indonesia has sealed off plantations operated by 29 companies, including four subsidiaries of Malaysian groups and one Singaporean firm, after fires were detected in their concessions, the government ...
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Indonesians hold mass prayer for rain
Indonesian Muslims gather for special prayers asking for rain in Pekanbaru, Riau province as smog from rainforest fires envelop the Southeast Asian region.
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Sime Darby denies plantation sealed off by Indonesian authorities
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP) has denied a news report that a plantation owned by its subsidiary has been sealed off by Indonesian authorities as part of efforts to battle fires th...
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Indonesia seals off plantations operated by 29 firms over fires, including Singapore, Malaysian companies
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR - Indonesia has sealed off plantations operated by 29 companies, including four subsidiaries of Malaysian groups and one Singaporean firm, after fires were detected in their conce...
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Indonesian authorities taking action against M’sian subsidiary for alleged involvement in forest fires
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian authorities are reported to be taking action against a subsidiary of a Malaysian company for allegedly being involved in the forest fires that have been contributing to the ha...
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Indonesian authorities taking action against M'sian subsidiary for alleged involvement in forest fires
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): Indonesian authorities are reported to be taking action against a subsidiary of a Malaysian company for allegedly being involved in the forest fires that have been contributing...
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Death toll rises as millions in Indonesia suffer from raging forest fires
JAKARTA: The last time Mulyoto was seen alive, he was rushing towards his plantation near his home in the village of Lintas Utara in the Indonesian province of Riau at 3pm on Wednesday (Sep 11).
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Haze: IOI, Sime Darby among M’sian firms blamed for Indonesia forest fires
The Indonesian government has named four palm oil companies with Malaysian links as the culprits behind several forest fires in the country, including IOI Corporation and Sime Darby Plantation.
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Authorities urged to act against big companies over haze
PETALING JAYA: Environmentalists are demanding for “heads to roll”, calling on Bursa Malaysia and the Indonesian government to take legal action against local public-listed companies named by Indo...
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Indonesia blames Malaysian companies for some forest fires
JAKARTA (Sept 13): Indonesia on Friday blamed four Malaysian companies, including the world's biggest producer of sustainable palm oil, for causing some of the forest fires within its borders, in an e...
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Indonesia blames Malaysian companies for some forest fires
JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia on Friday blamed four Malaysian companies, including the world's biggest producer of sustainable palm oil, for causing some of the...
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Malaysian fire dept prepared to help put out forest fires in Indonesia: Zuraida
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 13): The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to help Indonesia put out forest fires in the republic to address the haze problem, said Housing and Local Government Minister...
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Don't talk only but act fast to combat haze, Asean leaders urged
Gerakan deputy president Oh Tong Keong has urged Asean countries to immediately implement a transboundary law to combat haze pollution.
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Indonesia seals off plantations, including those linked to Malaysian firms, as forest fires rage on
JAKARTA - Indonesia has sealed off plantations operated by at least 30 companies, where fires had been spotted, as it rejected on Friday (Sept 13) Malaysian complaints about hazardous smoke drifting f...
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Indonesia seals off Malaysian-owned plantation for open burning amid haze row
Kuala Lumpur, Sept 13 — Jakarta has sealed land belonging to the Indonesian subsidiary of a Malaysian plantation firm on suspicion of deliberate open burning, in an apparent bid to prove its insiste...
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Report: Indonesia acts against M'sian-owned firm, seals land over haze
Indonesian authorities have sealed a plot of land in Riau which belongs to the subsidiary of a Malaysian firm for allegedly being involved in forest fires that contributed to haze in the region, accor...
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Malaysia to conduct cloud seeding in Selangor, where haze forces 29 schools to close
SHAH ALAM, Selangor: The Selangor state government in Malaysia will conduct cloud seeding operations in haze-affected areas where the Air Pollutant Index (API) exceeds 200, which is in the very u...
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Fire & Rescue Dept prepared to help put out forest fire in Indonesia: Zuraida
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to help Indonesia to put out the forest fires in the republic, if required, to address the haze problem, said Housing and Local Governme...
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Haze didn't cross from Sumatra to Peninsular Malaysia
We refer to the reports (KL to urge Jakarta to take swift action on haze amid spike in hot spots, Sept 7; Haze in Malaysia likely to stay till end of month, Sept 9) that could lead to Indonesia being ...
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Malaysian fire dept prepared to help put out forest fires in Indonesia — Zuraida
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 12): The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to help Indonesia put out forest fires in the republic to address the haze problem, said Housing and Local Government Minister...
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Minister: M'sian Fire Dept prepared to help put out Indonesian forest fires
The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to help Indonesia to put out the forest fires in the republic, if required, to address the haze problem, said Housing and Local Government Minister...
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Malaysian Fire Dept prepared to help put out forest fire in Indonesia, says Zuraida
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 12 — The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to help Indonesia to put out the forest fires in the republic, if required, to address the haze problem, said Housing and Lo...
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Wan Junaidi: MESTECC, federal Environment Minister at fault for not doing enough to tackle haze
Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar KUCHING: The present Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) is not doing enough to tackle the transboundary haze problem, said for...
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'Let the data speak for itself': Malaysian minister on transboundary haze from Indonesia
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's environmental minister Yeo Bee Yin refuted her Indonesian counterpart's claims that Malaysia was hiding facts regarding the current haze situation.
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No, we’re not protesting, says envoy over smoke from Indonesia
JAKARTA: Malaysia has denied pointing fingers at Jakarta over the current haze problem, instead saying that it is offering assistance in tackling forest fires in several provinces in Indonesia.
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Haze in region gets worse as hot spots rise
Smoke-filled skies have forced the closure of thousands of schools in Indonesia and Malaysia, and raised tensions between the neighbours over who is to blame for the haze choking the region.
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Malaysia not transparent about its own forest fires, says Indonesian minister
JAKARTA: Haze that has been shrouding parts of Malaysia did not entirely originate from Indonesia, the archipelago’s Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said on Wednesday ...
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Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke
Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of the dry season, the state Antara news agency report...
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Schools forced to shut as toxic smog blankets SE Asia
Indonesian firefighters battling a forest fire in Kampar, Riau.
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Haze expected to worsen as hotspots persist in Indonesia
With hotspots expected to persist in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia, the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) warns that the haze affecting parts of Malaysia will continue to worsen.
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Despite Indonesia’s denial, Asean data warns of persistent hotspots in Sumatra, Kalimantan
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 ― The Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) has warned that haze will continue to affect western parts of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak, as hotspots are expe...
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Report: Indonesian govt deploys 9,000 personnel to combat forest, peat fires in West Kalimantan, Sumatera
The hazy skyline in Pontianak, Kalimantan.
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Haze in Malaysia likely to stay till end of month
KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's weatherman said the haze in Malaysia is likely to persist until the end of this month because of the dry season and the possibility of uncontrolled burning of farmlands and...
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As ‘very unhealthy’ air persists, Najib says to put off UPSR
PETALING JAYA: As “very unhealthy” air continues to persist in Sarawak, former prime minister Najib Razak has urged the government to put the UPSR examinations on hold for two weeks.
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Penang folk staying indoors ‘till the sky clears’
GEORGE TOWN: For 64-year-old Ong Tan Chooi, there are no more daily hikes to Ayer Itam Dam and exercises in the park, no thanks to the haze.
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Be more firm with Indonesia, says haze-ridden Sarawak
KUCHING: The Sarawak state government wants the Federal Government to be more assertive in asking Indonesia to deal with its open burning in forests that have caused haze to overwhelm the state.
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Haze in Kuching worsens as API breaches 200, indicating very unhealthy air quality
The public are reminded to exercise caution when going outdoors as API readings breach 200 in Kuching.
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Nine stations record unhealthy air quality across Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 6 — Nine stations, comprising seven in Sarawak and two in the peninsular, recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (IPU) readings today, according to a statement issued by the Departme...
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An awareness of far-off resentments
THE SUNDAY blackout on Aug 4 in Greater Jakarta and parts of West Java was said to be the worst in many years.
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Indonesia seals palm oil, timber concessions amid forest fires
JAKARTA: Indonesia has sealed parts of palm oil and timber concessions owned by 10 companies on Borneo island after a spate of forest fires, authorities said on Thursday, warning those involved in forest burning would be severely punished.
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Indonesia seals palm, timber concessions amid forest fires, says ministry
JAKARTA, Aug 15 — Indonesia has sealed parts of palm oil and timber concessions owned by 10 companies on Borneo island after a spate of forest fires, authorities said today, warning those involved i...
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Air quality in Miri and Klang remains bad
PETALING JAYA: The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in Miri, Sarawak and in Klang, Selangor have slightly increased as the air quality remains in the hazardous and unhealthy levels.
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Avoid water wastage during festive period: SPAN
KUALA LUMPUR: As the the hot and dry weather has led to lower water levels at rivers and dams in several southern states, members of the public have been urged to use water sparingly especially during...
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Haze in Malaysia likely to continue
PETALING JAYA - The haze in the country from the fires in Indonesia is expected to persist due to the southwest monsoon winds, according to the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia). "Our latest ...
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Malaysia calls on Asean to fight haze as Indonesia battles forest fires
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia will call on Asean member countries to take proactive measures to avoid trans-boundary haze during a two-day meeting in Brunei beginning Tuesday (...
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Hazier days ahead? Asean centre expects more hotspots, raises alert level
File photo showing the hazy situation in Kuala Lumpur.
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Forest fires cause ‘unhealthy’ air quality in Pahang town
PUTRAJAYA: Smoke from forest fires in Pekan caused air quality to drop to unhealthy levels at Bandar Indera Mahkota this morning, the Environment Department reported.
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Kuala Terengganu records ‘unhealthy’ air due to haze
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Terengganu today recorded an unhealthy air pollution reading level of 111 at 6pm Friday, according to the Malaysian Air Pollution Index (APIMS) data.
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Haze: Kuala Terengganu records unhealthy API
Haze envelopes downtown Kuala Terengganu.
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Haze: Kuala Terengganu records unhealthy API
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — Kuala Terengganu today recorded unhealthy air pollution reading level of 111 as of 6pm today, according to the Malaysian Air Pollution Index (APIMS) data.
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Malaysians brace for hazy days
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - With Indonesia battling forests fires in Riau, Malaysians are bracing for a spell of haze and smog.
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Malaysians told to brace for hazy days
With Indonesia battling forests fires in Riau, Malaysians are bracing for a spell of haze and smog.
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Indonesia forest fires spark haze warnings in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak have begun to experience haze due to forest fires in Indonesia, Malaysia’s Meteorological Department said on Thursday (Aug 1)...
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Haze returns to west coast of peninsula, western Sarawak
KUALA LUMPUR: The haze returned today to the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak due to forest fires in six provinces in Indonesia.
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Indonesia deploys thousands of security personnel to fight forest fires
JAKARTA (Aug 1): Indonesia is deploying thousands of military and police to douse forest fires after declaring an emergency in six provinces on the island of Sumatra and in the province of Kalimantan...
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Indonesia deploys thousands of security personnel to fight forest fires
Indonesia is deploying thousands of military and police to douse forest fires after declaring an emergency in six provinces on the island of Sumatra and in the province of Kalimantan on Borneo island,...
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208-year-old gamelan set to feature at King’s installation
KUANTAN: That a 208-year-old gamelan set will feature at the installation of Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on July 30 is a story worth shar...
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Raja Permaisuri Agong a serious tea lover
KUANTAN: When posed with the question coffee or tea, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah (pix) will most likely choose tea over coffee.
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Johor MB defends Batam visit as working trip
PASIR GUDANG: Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian has defended his trip to Batam island in Riau province, Indonesia, saying it was working trip meant to boost local tourism.
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Hot weather a normal phenomenon, but take precautions: Meteorology Dept
KUALA LUMPUR (March 4): The public has been urged not to be overly concerned  about the hot and dry weather as it is a normal phenomenon that  occurs every year, said Meteorological deputy director-...
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Forest fires in Riau worsening current hot weather condition
JAKARTA (Feb 28): The forest fires in the Riau province of Sumatra reported to have started since January have resulted in the haze thus worsening the current hot weather condition.
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Growing up in quarantine in the Sungai Buloh settlement
PETALING JAYA: Yeoh Soon Hwa was 10 years old when he was sent to the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement from his home in Bagansiapiapi in Riau, Sumatera, after he was found to have contracted the bacter...
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