29 Sep '15, 2pm

#Haze is a regional problem that could sour relations, say ASEAN ministers. @melgoh reports htt…

#Haze is a regional problem that could sour relations, say ASEAN ministers. @melgoh reports htt…

KUALA LUMPUR: For weeks, choking haze from neighbouring Indonesia has shrouded many parts of Southeast Asia, polluting air to unhealthy levels, forcing schools to close, and disrupting flights. It was no surprise then that the matter surfaced on Tuesday (Sep 29) at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum on transnational crime - a meeting that had nothing to do with the haze. "We are enjoying the haze imported from our neighbour, but I do understand that Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia are very tolerant neighbours. This is part of an ASEAN problem," said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi. The issue is threatening to sour relations with Jakarta as affected countries begin to count the cost of the perennial haze, generated by forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. These fires are a result of companies and individuals using slash-and-burn methods to...

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