KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 12, 2019: Malaysia considers that Indonesia is responsible for the haze that is affecting a major part of Malaysia, with its Environment and Forestry Minister Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar reminded not to be in denial.
To further push her point, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin referred today to data from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre.
“Let the data speak for itself. Minister Siti Nurbaya should not be in denial,” Yeo said in a statement posted on Facebook yesterday.
Yeo also included a link to the centre, where latest data show that the total number of hotspots in Indonesia’s Kalimantan and Sumatera are 474 and 387 respectively, a huge contrast to the latest number of only seven in Malaysia.
“As for her claim that the haze is from Sarawak, just look at the wind direction. How is it logically possible?” asked Yeo who was responding to a statement from Siti Nurbaya carried by the Indonesian media to say that Malaysia had sent a protest letter accusing Indonesia of causing the haze in Malaysia.
She had reportedly also written to the Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia, Zainal Abidin Bakar, seeking clarification.
Siti Nurbaya alluded to a report from the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency which said that smoke or haze from the fires in Kalimantan was detected crossing into Malaysia for only one hour on September 8. — Bernama