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Syed Hamid should summon the Indonesian Ambassador to lodge the strongest protest of government and people at the haze catastrophe exported annually to Malaysia and the Indonesian bureaucracy and corruption holding up implementation of effective anti-haze measures
(Ipoh, Saturday): It is indeed outrageous and scandalous that while Malaysians had for the past week been choked by the noxious fumes spread from hundreds of fires in Sumatra, Indonesia had not acted on the offers of help from Malaysia and ASEAN to put out the fires and is using the traditional method of buckets of water to fight the raging fires.
The Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar should summon the Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia to register the strongest possible protest of the government and the condemnation of the people of Malaysia not only at the haze catastrophe which is exported annually by Indonesia to Malaysia, but also at the bureaucracy and corruption in Indonesia which is holding up the implementation of effective anti-haze measures.
Although President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has agreed in principle with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that Malaysia assist in efforts to put out the raging fires in Sumatra, there is no sense of urgency or responsibility by the Indonesian government at the environmental, health and economic disaster the present haze catastrophe is causing Malaysia.
In this connection, the Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Peter Chin should not protect the Malaysian companies which are responsible for open burning in Sumatra, as the Prime Minister has acknowledged this when he said that he felt “wretched” that Malaysian companies are involved in such activities.
Peter Chin should release the names of the 24 Malaysian plantation companies, including Government-linked companies, operating in Indonesia, together with a statement whether they are involved in the open burning in Sumatra resulting in the current haze catastrophe, which has not only caused the declaration of haze emergency but reportedly responsible for the death of as many as seven people from haze-related illnesses.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman