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Indonesia's "haze" pollution defences not enough, says green group

Date of Release: 
Jun 18 2014

Indonesia's promises to tackle the upcoming annual "haze" season with a $30 million fund and limited military equipment have been called into question by experts anticipating worse pollution levels than last year due to the El Nino weather pattern.

Indonesia has failed in previous attempts to stop the regional haze, with last year giving the worst pollution readings since 1997. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was forced in mid-2013 to apologise to neighbours Singapore and Malaysia, which were blanketed in thick smog caused by forest fires in Indonesia.

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Investigation into Riau forest fires continues

Date of Release: 
Sep 18 2013

A Malaysian company accused of being responsible for recent peatland and forest fires in Riau is still under criminal investigation, the province’s top police officer has said.

Riau Police chief Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said during a hearing with members of the House of Representatives Commission IV on Tuesday that his force was now investigating a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhard, PT ADEI Plantation and Industry (API).

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