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Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires SHAH ALAM (MALAYSIA) - Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Malaysia had special aircraft, owned by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which could drop water bombs to put out the fires, he told a news conference after chairing a meeting of the Selangor Umno Liaison Committee, here today. The air quality in Peninsular Malaysia, particularly in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, and Port Klang, Selangor, had dropped due to the haze.

"The air quality has dropped but has yet to reach a dangerous level. However, we could reduce outdoor activities," Najib said. In August 2005, a team of 125 Malaysian fire-fighters and members of the special disaster assistance and rescue team helped to douse more than 1,000 forest fires in Riau and northern Sumatra in Indonesia.



Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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