After the meeting between YB Datuk Palanivel, our Environment Minister, and Balthasar Kambuaya, of Indonesia on 26-6-2013 (Wednesday), this was what YB Datuk Palanivel the GREAT has been quoted to have told the press in Indonesia:
“Malaysia has expressed the hope that government officials from both countries could work constantly in monitoring and checking the hot spots, especially during the dry season, to prevent forest and peat fires which contribute to the haze problem,” Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel told reporters after meeting Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya.” Continue reading “Palanivel The Great!”→
Updates on 23-6-2013 @ 9:45 pm:Asia Pulp & Paper aka APP is a Singapore based company. It is founded by Eka Tjipta Widjaja, who had significant tie to the family of the ex-President of Indonesia, the late General Suharto. It was known to have appointed the PR firm Ogilvy & Mather to improve on its green image. The background of APP is in HERE.
Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited, aka APRIL, is a developer of fibre plantations and the owner of one of the world’s largest pulp and paper mills with operations mainly in Indonesia and China. APRIL is part of the Indonesian Raja Garuda Mas Group and owned by Indonesian business man Sukanto Tanoto living in Singapore. Raja Garuda Mas Group or conglomerate RGE Royal Golden Eagle or Royal Golden Eagle International (RGEI), is a holding company with its activities ranging from paper,palm oil, construction, and energy business sectors, owning papermaker April and palm oil firm Asian Agri. It is believed to be also well connected in Indonesia. It has been reported that APRIL is related to one of the eight companies involved in the open burning in RIAU recently, in HERE. The background of APRIL is in HERE.
Air pollutions caused by haze have reached a dangerous level in several parts of Malaysia and Singapore. The Malaysian Environment Department director general, Puan Halimah Hassan, has declared that air pollutant index showed an unhealthy levels between 101-129 in Malacca and Port Klang. The Department has issued a ban on open burning in several States. Is this enough? The answer is “NO”. What is the point in such a ban when the haze was caused by the open burning in Sumatera yearly?Continue reading “Thank you Indonesia for the HAZE!”→