KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Malaysia will raise the issue of transboundary haze at the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME) and related meetings in Cambodia which took off here on Monday.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the meeting will be attended by her deputy Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.
The meetings, which will conclude Thursday, are expected to discuss on the haze matter as well as other environment-related issues and science and technology.
She said that while discussions have been had on the matter at the ASEAN level, the issue will be raised again at AMME, where joint efforts between ASEAN countries on the matter will be also discussed.
The biennial meeting is expected to adopt three key documents – the draft ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change, the draft ASEAN Strategic Plan on the Environment, and the request to designate five national parks in Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam as ASEAN Heritage Parks.
Commenting on Malaysian companies that were allegedly reported to have contributed to the agricultural fires in Indonesia, Yeo said : “Indonesia must investigate, and whoever violates the law, legal action must be taken against them.”
It was also reported yesterday that the government would act against Malaysian-owned plantations in Indonesia if it was true they had resorted to open burning which contributed to the recent trans-boundary haze which also affected Malaysia.