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‘Don’t talk carelessly’: Malaysia spars with Indonesia over haze, pollution data

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Malaysia blames Indonesia for haze, prompting ‘don’t talk carelessly’ rebuttal from Jakarta

Indonesia has rebutted Malaysia’s claim about its forest fires, saying there is ‘no transboundary haze’Weather forecasters say the return of El Nino in the coming months could fuel fires in Southeast AsiaMalaysiaAgence France-PressePublished: 12:22pm, 1 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hundreds of forest fires in Indonesia have caused haze that has worsened air quality in parts of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur’s top environment official has said, a claim Jakarta has denied.

Outbreaks of smog-belching forest fires in 2019 caused Malaysia to say it would pressure Indonesia to combat the annual problem, which is often caused by blazes lit to clear agricultural land.

Malaysia’s Department of Environment director general Wan Abdul Latiff Wan Jaffar said the fires were worsening air pollution on the country’s west coast and in Sarawak on the Malaysian part of Borneo island.

“Overall air quality in the country shows deterioration,” he said in a statement issued on Friday.

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