Malaysia to mon­i­tor haze sit­u­a­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THERE is no threat of haze at the mo­ment as the sports min­istry mon­i­tors the sit­u­a­tion to en­sure that it does not dis­rupt the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games this month.

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din said he has dis­cussed the mat­ter with the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment (NRE).

“Although it is not un­der my min­istry’s port­fo­lio, I have met with (NRE min­is­ter) Datuk Seri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far last week. They are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” said Khairy.

“En­force­ment by the coun­try caus­ing the haze (In­done­sia) has also im­proved com­pared to pre­vi­ous years. Viewed from satel­lite imag­ing, you can see that a lot of

the hot spots are con­tained within 24 hours.

“I hope In­done­sia will be able to con­trol this prob­lem so it does not af­fect (the games). I be­lieve they will be em­bar­rassed if it does af­fect the Sea Games as they, too, are com­pet­ing here.”

Khairy added that Malaysia has not of­fered any help to In­done­sia to deal with the prob­lem as the coun­try has al­ways de­clined sup­port.

It has been re­ported that In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties in the five ar­eas af­fected by the haze have given the order to shoot any per­son who pur­pose starts a for­est fire. Khairil S Iswan


Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din with the RI­MAU mas­cots at the launch of the of­fi­cial theme song ‘Bangkit Ber­sama’ in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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