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DAP demands action from Indonesia

 | June 24, 2013

A delegation led by Lim Guan Eng will submit a statement of demand to the Indonesian embassy seeking tough action against companies responsible for open fires.

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP delegation led by its secretary general, Lim Guan Eng, today met with Indonesian Ambassador Herman Prayitno to discuss the ongoing air pollution crisis.

“We have expressed our disappointment to the ambassador and he assured us that the Indonesian government is working on a fix.

“We will be handing in a formal statement of demand to the ambassador tomorrow to take stern action against companies responsible for these open fires.

“They must be charged, no matter where those companies are from. They should not only pay compensation to Indonesia, but also to Singapore and Malaysia,” said Lim, who is also the Penang Chief Minister.

“On top of that, their licences should also be revoked. This would set a good example and others will be afraid to commit the same wrongdoing in the future,” he added.

Lim said the second demand will take a long time as it involves the ratification of the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

“This whole process will be time consuming, but the Indonesian government shouldn’t take it lightly,” he said.

“This is a very serious matter and Indonesia is the only Asean country which has not ratified the agreement. This is humiliating and portrays Indonesia as a irresponsible country,” he added.

The final demand by DAP would be for Indonesia to work on long term plans to ensure that this crisis doesn’t happen again.

“Indonesia can handle it if they wanted to, they just need to plan it way ahead of time. Even if it does happen again, they should be ready to handle it,” he said.

Environment and Natural Resources Minister G Palanivel is scheduled to meet the Indonesian president on Wednesday.

“I’m disappointed that Palanivel had delayed his visit to Indonesia, but I sure hope the meeting will be fruitful,” said Lim.

Lim was accompanied today by Klang MP Charles Santiago, Seremban MP Anthony Loke and Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching

Charles said the process of ratification on the agreement will take up a lot of time and the Indonesian government must come up with an emergency plan soon.

“The ratification process will take too long, we need to stop this immediately. I understand that Indonesia may not have the expertise but they can seek help from their neighbours,” he said.

“Indonesia should come up with an emergency plan together with Singapore and Malaysia. If possible, they should also ask the Americans for help as they have the expertise to resolve a situation like this,” he added.


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