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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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Stop 'blame game' aimed at palm oil producers, developing nations: CPOPC
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 19): It is inaccurate to direct much of the blame for the recent haze in Southeast Asia towards the palm oil industry, as oil palm plantations are generally not the source of burnin...
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Six stations in Sarawak record very unhealthy API readings
PUTRAJAYA: No stations recorded good air quality status today, according to the Department of Environment (DOE). In fact, it said six stations in Sarawak recorded a very unhealthy Air Pollutant Index...
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Stop 'blame game' aimed at palm oil producers, developing nations — CPOPC
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 19): It is inaccurate to direct much of the blame for the recent haze in Southeast Asia towards the palm oil industry, as oil palm plantations are generally not the source of burnin...
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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 offered help to fight Indonesia forest fires, says Dr M
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysia never asked Indonesia why it did not accept its offer of assistance to combat the haze-causing forest fires in the republic, says Tun Dr...
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Six stations in Sarawak record very unhealthy API readings
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 — No stations recorded good air quality status today, according to the Department of Environment (DoE). In fact, it said six stations in Sarawak recorded a very unhealthy Air Poll...
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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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MCMC: Sabah and Sarawak could better internet connectivity from Indonesia’s capital shift
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 ― Indonesia's plan to move its capital from Sumatra to Kalimantan may potentially benefit Sabah and Sarawak through improved internet infrastructure, Malaysian Communications and ...
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Air quality in Kuching among the world's worst
The haze in Kuching has resulted in Malaysia being ranked among the top 10 countries with the world’s worst air pollution index, according to the non-profit World Air Quality Index (WAQI). Based on ...
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Schools to close when API hits 200
PETALING JAYA: Schools in Selangor are reminded to close immediately once the Air Pollutant Index (API) goes over 200.
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As Amazon Smolders, Indonesia Fires Choke the Other Side of the World
Advertisement Supported by Thousands of fires, most of them set to clear land for plantations that make palm oil, created thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel and sickened people.
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Jokowi inspects burnt forests, calls for investigation
Indonesia President Joko Widodo on Tuesday paid a visit to one of the burnt forests in Sumatra where artificial rain was dumped to put out the fires, and called for an investigation into those behind ...
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All schools in Penang to close tomorrow as haze worsens
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 18 — A total 398 schools in Penang will be closed tomorrow as the haze situation in the state continue to worsen.
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Haze: This is ecological warfare, says Anwar Ibrahim
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim considers the haze situation enveloping parts of Southeast Asia as "ecological warfare".
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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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Haze from overseas cost Malaysia RM1.57b in 2013, UKM study shows
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Malaysia suffered RM1.57 billion in healthcare and loss of income opportunities in 2013 due to smoke from forest fires in Indonesia, according to a research paper published b...
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Haze worsens in Penang with API north of 200 in some areas
BALIK PULAU: All schools on Penang island's southwest district have been ordered to close as the Air Pollutant Index (API) hit 204 at 7am on Wednesday (Sept 18).
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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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Clear skies and everything is nice in Kedah and Perlis
ALOR SETAR: While thick haze is enveloping nearly most states in Malaysia, the Air Pollutant Index (API) was a mere 27 in Alor Setar and 21 in Kangar.
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636 schools closed in Malaysia as haze worsens
MIRI (Sarawak) • Malaysia yesterday shut 636 schools in Sarawak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan due to the worsening haze, with 445,249 students missing classes.
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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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Forest fire in Johor Bahru spreads to 12 hectares
JOHOR BAHRU: A forest fire broke out in Johor Bahru on Tuesday (Sep 17) morning, engulfing 12ha of vegetation or about the size of about 17 football fields.
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Sarawak to mobilise agencies as haze worsens
KUCHING: Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas said the State Disaster Management Committee will mobilise all relevant agencies after Sri Aman recorded a hazardous API reading of 407 at 5p...
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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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Haze: Sri Aman inches closer to API reading of 400
The API reading in Sri Aman is getting dangerously close to 400 – the highest reading in the country.
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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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Air in Sarawak’s Sri Aman district a ‘hazardous’ 365 at 8am
KUCHING, Sept 17 ― Air pollution in Sri Aman has breached the red zone on the Air Pollutant Index (API) with readings shooting up overnight to 365 as at 8am today.
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Deal with physical and political root causes of haze, Asean told
KUALA LUMPUR: Asean must deal with the physical and political root causes of fires and haze, a Universiti Malaya senior lecturer said.
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Tourist arrivals in Johor steady despite haze
JOHOR BAHRU: Tourist arrivals in Johor have remained steady despite the haze, Malaysian officials said on Sunday (Sep 15).
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'Very unhealthy' or 'unhealthy' API readings hitting most of M'sia
Sarawak's capital Kuching is one of three areas in the state in the very unhealthy air quality category as of 7am today.
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‘Water bomber’ aircraft, medevac helicopter for firefighters
KUCHING: The government plans to purchase a Bombardier “water bomber” aircraft and a helicopter for “medevac” (medical evacuation) purposes by the Fire and Rescue Department).
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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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Malaysia to gather haze evidence before writing to Indonesia
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is gathering evidence on fires in Indonesia before Dr Mahathir Mohamad writes to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to complain about trans-boundary haze, the prime minister said tod...
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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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Cloud seeding over Peninsular will be carried out tomorrow
GEORGE TOWN: The cloud seeding process to reduce the ongoing haze over Peninsular Malaysia has been scheduled for tomorrow, according to the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Cl...
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Malaysia to focus cloud seeding operations in Selangor, Johor to reduce haze
GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia will focus its cloud seeding operations in haze-affected states Selangor and Johor, which have recorded high Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.
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Cloud seeding to be carried out over Selangor, Johor tomorrow
GEORGE TOWN: Cloud seeding to reduce the haze over Peninsular Malaysia will be carried out tomorrow, the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry said.
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Cloud seeding over peninsula to start tomorrow
The cloud seeding process to reduce the ongoing haze over Peninsular Malaysia has been scheduled for tomorrow, according to the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry.
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Kuching, Malacca and Tangkak 'very unhealthy'
Sarawak's capital, Kuching has joined Tangkak in Johor and Bandaraya Melaka in the "very unhealthy" air quality category as of 3pm.
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Ministry: Cloud seeding will be carried out over peninsula tomorrow
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 15 — The cloud seeding process to reduce the ongoing haze over peninsula Malaysia has been scheduled for tomorrow, according to the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environ...
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Tangkak and Malacca record highest API numbers
Tangkak in Johor with an API reading of 254 and Bandaraya Melaka with 222 API have the worst air quality as of noon today.
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Malaysia leaving it up to Indonesia to take stern action against haze culprits
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia said it is leaving it to Indonesia to investigate and prosecute companies that have contributed to the ongoing agricultural fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, even if those companie...
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Jakarta vows to prosecute companies responsible for illegal fires
The Indonesian government yesterday vowed to impose criminal charges on companies, as the authorities sealed off more plantations run by a further 13 companies amid worsening haze in the region.
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Stop blame game and bring haze culprits to justice, Malaysia and Indonesia told
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — A DAP lawmaker has called for a joint investigation team (JIT) to be formed to bring those responsible for constant transboundary haze to justice.
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Haze - take legal action against Malaysian companies
MP SPEAKS | The government should immediately initiate legal proceedings against Malaysian companies that are responsible for jungle fires and open burning in Indonesia.
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Up to Jakarta to probe plantation giants over open burning, says Yeo
PUTRAJAYA: The government today said Indonesia has full power to investigate the four Malaysian plantation companies which have been accused of carrying out open burning and contributing to the haze a...
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Malaysia leaving it up to Indonesia to take stern action against haze culprits
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia said it is leaving it to Indonesia to investigate and persecute companies that have contributed to the ongoing agricultural fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, even if those companie...
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Yeo: Cloud seeding only fights symptoms of haze, doesn’t address root issue
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 — Efforts such as cloud seeding to combat the transboundary haze plaguing the region are only temporary relief measures, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Chang...
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Northern Malaysia gets respite from haze but air quality in south still unhealthy
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Folks in northern Malaysia have the heavens to thank for as a steady wind blowing in from the northwest has taken much of the haze away.
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Haze returns to S'wak after short respite
KUCHING: Air quality in western Sarawak has deteriorated to very unhealthy levels again after a brief respite.
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Northerners get respite from haze
GEORGE TOWN: Folks in the northern region have the heavens to thank for as a steady wind blowing in from the northwest has taken much of the haze away.
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As region chokes on haze, Indonesian media asks if country is doing enough about ‘deadly spectre’
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — The Jakarta Post questioned the extent of Indonesia’s efforts to combat what has become the annual transboundary haze phenomenon, noting that open burning has worsened over...
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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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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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Ipoh cancels flights to Singapore and Johor due to haze, leaving over 500 passengers stranded
IPOH - Poor visibility due to lingering haze prompted Ipoh to cancel flights to Singapore and Johor Baru on Friday (Sept 13), leaving 549 passengers stranded at the airport, said an airport official.
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Kok: Four oil palm plantation firms might lose certifications
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok has expressed concern over Indonesia's decision to blame Malaysian plantation giants for forest fires in various parts of the republic.
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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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Yeo: We’re doing our best to tackle haze, all diplomatic channels exhausted
PETALING JAYA: The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry is doing the best it can to tackle the haze that has affected air quality...
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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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Haze envelopes several parts of peninsula
PETALING JAYA: Thick haze continued to choke several parts of Malaysia this afternoon with more spots recording unhealthy Air Pollutant Index readings.
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Indonesia hits back over haze from forest fires
JAKARTA: Indonesia today rejected Malaysian complaints about hazardous smoke drifting from its forest fires across the border, saying blazes are also raging in parts of Malaysia and on Malaysian-owned...
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Indonesia hits back at Malaysia over forest fires
JAKARTA (Sept 13): Indonesia on Friday rejected Malaysian complaints about hazardous smoke drifting from its forest fires across the border, saying blazes were also raging in parts of Malaysia and on ...
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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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Haze: Part of Klang hits ‘very unhealthy’ API reading
The Air Pollution Index (API) reading has hit the very unhealthy level at Johan Setia in Klang while 20 other areas across the country record unhealthy API readings this morning.
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More spots affected by haze in Malaysia today
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Twenty-four locations across the country registered unhealthy air quality levels at 10am today, with Johan Setia in Selangor remaining the sole area with very unhealthy pollu...
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Time to get serious in clearing the air
“THE haze is so bad this year!” It is easy to agree with this exclamation that has become ubiquitous in the last few days, confirmed by Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.
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Dr M to write to Jokowi over transboundary haze
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be writing to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) over the transboundary air pollution clogging up the...
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Row between ministers draws mixed reactions
KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA • The diplomatic row between the environment ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia has elicited mixed reactions from netizens of both countries as to who is at fault for the hazy ...
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Malaysian PM Mahathir to contact Indonesian President Joko over transboundary haze
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will write a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the ongoing transboundary haze, as air quality continues to worsen in his country.
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Dr M to write to President Jokowi about transboundary haze
JOHOR BARU (Bernama): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will write to Indonesian President Joko Widodo as soon as possible regarding the...
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Whose fault is it? Netizens take sides as Malaysian and Indonesian environment ministers bicker over haze
KUALA LUMPUR - The diplomatic row between the environment ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia has elicited mixed reactions from netizens of both countries as to who is at fault for current hazy condit...
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Dr M to write to Indonesian President as row over haze flares
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is writing to Indonesia's leader to raise concerns about the cross-borde...
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Dr M to write to Jokowi as row over haze flares
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is writing to Indonesia’s leader to raise his concern about cross-border haze, as a row over smoke from forest fires simmers.
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Malaysian PM to write to Indonesia's leader as row over haze flares
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is writing to Indonesia's leader to raise his concern about cross-border haze, Malaysia's environment minister said on Thursday...
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Malaysian PM to write to Indonesia's leader as row over haze flares
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is writing to Indonesia's leader to raise his concern about cross-border haze, Malaysia's environment minister said on Thursday (Sep 12), as a r...
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Dr M to write to Indonesia's Jokowi as row over haze flares, says minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 ― Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is writing to Indonesia's leader to raise his concern about cross-border haze, Malaysia's environment minister said today, as...
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Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AFP) - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday (Sept 12), spreading smog across South-east Asia and adding to concer...
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Indonesia responsible for haze in Malaysia, says minister Yeo
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Malaysia has pointed out that Indonesia is responsible for the current haze that has enveloped a major part of Malaysia.
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Wild boar arrivals in Melaka
I REFER to the report “Melaka grappling with invasion of Indonesian wild pigs” (online at https://bit.ly/2lV3dp7). With the fragmentation of natural forests on both Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia...
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'The facts speak for themselves': Malaysia minister Yeo Bee Yin slams Indonesia's denial of haze
PETALING JAYA - Malaysian Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin says that data clearly shows that Indonesia is responsible for the haze in the country.
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As haze lingers, Selangor takes over from Pahang for worst air pollution
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Johan Setia in Selangor was “very unhealthy” according to the Environment Department’s (DoE) Air Pollution Index this morning, the sole location in Malaysia to be rated...
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Cabinet discussed ways to manage haze situation, says Dr M
PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the Cabinet yesterday discussed ways to manage the ongoing haze situation which has seen several parts of the country blanketed in smog.
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'The facts speak for themselves': Malaysia minister Yeo Bee Yin slams Indonesia's denial of haze
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin says that data clearly shows that Indonesia is responsible for the haze i...
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Haze blankets much of Malaysia
Visibility worsened in Malaysia's capital yesterday, with Kuala Lumpur's iconic towers shrouded by haze.
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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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Don't be in denial, Yeo tells Indonesian counterpart Siti Nurbaya Bakar
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin has told her Indonesian counterpart Siti Nurbaya Bakar not to be in denial over the cause of haze in the region.
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Sarawak has nothing to do with KL haze, deputy CM tells Jakarta
KUCHING, Sept 11 — Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today refuted claims by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar that the haze blanketing Kuala...
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Indonesian minister accuses Putrajaya of haze ‘cover-up’, blames Sarawak and peninsula
Downtown Kuching is shrouded in haze.
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Haze has not caused major impact on economy - yet: Analyst
The worsening haze that is now blanketing the country has not yet had a major impact on the economy, said an analyst.
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Jakarta accuses Putrajaya of ‘cover-up’, insists KL haze from Sarawak, peninsula
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — The Indonesian government has again denied that the haze in Malaysia was caused by hotspots in the republic, claiming that the smog affecting Kuala Lumpur originating from Sa...
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Indonesia claims haze in Kuala Lumpur originated from Sarawak
Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya (above) has claimed that the haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur originated from Sarawak.
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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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Indonesia says it's not to blame for Malaysian haze
JAKARTA (DPA) - Haze that has blanketed parts of Malaysia and forced the closure of schools came from forest fires in that country, and not from Indonesia, the government in Jakarta said on Wednesday ...
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