Federal govt told to adopt proactive approach in tackling haze issue with Indonesia

Uggah (green shirt) being greeted upon his arrival at the durian festival in Kabuloh.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Sept 8: State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas wants the federal government to take proactive steps with the Indonesian government to deal with the haze and open burning issues contributing to the haze.

According to Uggah, the situation in the state might worsen due to the persistent dry weather and the wind patterns that are blowing the haze to Sarawak if no preventive measures are taken immediately.

He said the federal government should take the situation seriously and give priority to these issues.

“It is a transboundary haze which is brought by the wind from Kalimantan,” he said told reporters after launching the Durian Fest 2019 event by the Kabuloh Agricutural Station today.

Yesterday, 1,087 hot spots were detected in Sumatra, Indonesia. following the current spate of dry weather and open burning activities.

Uggah was also asked whether Sarawak will declare a state of emergency if the situation becomes worse.

“We pray the API will decrease and hopefully we don’t have to declare a state of emergency,” he said. — DayakDaily