31 Jul '17, 2am

Malaysia says it's always willing to help Indonesia fight forest fires - The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) - Malaysia is ready to send firefighters to Indonesia to help put out forest fires in the republic, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. The Malaysian government was very concerned about the problem and was ready to provide help at any time, he added. "I have discussed it with Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who is in charge of the Fire Department and the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART), and he has given an assurance that they are ready," he told reporters at the SMART Tunnel Run 2017 on Sunday (July 30). Recently, Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency warned of an increase in forest fire threats owing to the ongoing drought in the country that was expected to worsen. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up Some hotspots have already been detected in Aceh, resu...

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