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Haze testing Asean solidarity, capabilities in tackling complex transboundary problem

Haze testing Asean solidarity, capabilities in tackling complex transboundary problem

By Ivan Lim Former AJA president Singapore: Microscopic specks of dust from forest fires have blanketed the atmosphere over South-east Asia, blotting out the sun, and painting the blue skies a dirty shade of grey. The worsening acrid haze, emanating from fires in the Indonesian territories of Sumatra and Kalimantan and spreading across to Malaysia […]

Haze forces 890 schools in Malaysia’s Sarawak to close

Haze forces 890 schools in Malaysia’s Sarawak to close

Kuching: Haze has forced authorities in Sarawak, the largest among Malaysia’s 13 states, to shut down 890 schools in 17 districts. The decision meant that eight districts were added in one day to the forced shut down list. According to the state Education Department, the move involved 104 secondary schools and 705 primary schools, affecting […]

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Jakarta: Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Zainal Abidin Bakar stressed that Kuala Lumpur is not pointing fingers at Jakarta over the current haze problems. Malaysia in fact is offering some forms of assistance in tackling the forest fires in several provinces in Indonesia, he said referring to a recent official letter from the Malaysian government through […]

China Focus: Straw burning shrouds central provinces

China Focus: Straw burning shrouds central provinces

BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) — Grey haze was reported over a vast portion of central China on Tuesday, and is believed to have been caused by farmers burning straw. According to local environmental protection authorities, lingering haze has shrouded Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces since Monday. Hubei province witnessed the worst foggy weather […]

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