The threat to environment and health posed by haze pollution mainly from Indonesia was the hot topic at the fourth meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution on 8 April 2008 in Malaysia. It is predicted that this year's haze will be worse than in 2006. Five Asean countries (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand) are stepping up efforts to combat the problem. Three countries hit worse by the haze Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore do not yet have detailed plans on the battle against fires and haze.
However, good news comes from KL and Jakarta. Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to sign the long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) in June to tackle haze-related problems affecting the region.
Haze will be worse than in 2006 (New Straits Times, 9 April 2008)
KL and Jakarta in haze pact (The Star, 9 April 2008)
Indonesia confident of curbing fires as haze season looms (Borneo Online, 8 April 2008)
Southeast Asian nations brace for haze, vow to step up efforts to tackle forest fires (Channel News Asia, 9 April 2008)
Five Asean nations step up efforts to fight haze (Straits Times, 9 April 2008)
But are things all that gloomy? It's likely to be a hazy year, Asean ministers warn (Today, 9 April 2008)