Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Asean News  >> Enviroment  >> PM Lee welcomes adoption of ASEAN haze monitoring system
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   10 October 2013  

PM Lee welcomes adoption of ASEAN haze monitoring system

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System at the Brunei summit.

He said this is a concrete example of cooperation and the approval of the haze monitoring system will allow countries to implement it and track down those responsible for causing the haze.

Mr Lee made these points during the ASEAN Summit opening session on Wednesday amongst the 10 leaders of the grouping.

He explained that it is important for ASEAN's credibility to collectively address the haze issue and he looks forward to Indonesia ratifying the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

After the main summit, Mr Lee, together with Malaysian Premier Najib Razak and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, met and discussed the issue of the ASEAN haze monitoring system.

It is understood the meeting lasted about 10 minutes.

Mr Lee said he thanked his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts for their cooperation for the project and expressed Singapore's willingness to work with them to implement the system and take the cooperation beyond the haze monitoring system.

This includes working with farmers to encourage them to work in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way as Singapore had worked with Indonesia’s Jambi province in the past.

Singapore is willing to go beyond Jambi to other provinces too, said Mr Lee.

Speaking to the Singapore media in Brunei, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said the environment ministers had been waiting for formal approval from the leaders.

Dr Balakrishnan said the approval has now been obtained at the ASEAN level and from the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on implementing the ASEAN haze monitoring system.

Dr Balakrishnan also said the system and platform are ready and what is needed now is the data from the relevant ministries of the countries so that there can be accurate digitised concession maps.

He explained: "Ultimately it depends on local data, local investigations and local enforcement. Having an ASEAN monitoring system adds another area. The key point is to send the message to all the companies that there are many eyes watching them and they will be held accountable for their activities on the ground and we need everyone and to use the words of Prime Minister Najib - we will work together."

Dr Balakrishnan hopes to see the ASEAN haze monitoring system go into effect as soon as possible.--
By S Ramesh

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories   10 October 2013 Subsribe Now !
• 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei to reaffirm 2015 Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Multi-national companies to build coal-fired Asean Affairs Premium
• Vietnam sees trade deficit with Laos in nine
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

• Myanmar gov't, KIO hope for good outcome
• SBY to attend ASEAN summit in Brunei
• PM Lee welcomes adoption of ASEAN haze monitoring system
• Exports of rice to fall short of 2013 goal Advertise Your Brand
Asean Analysis          9 October  2013 Asean Stock Watch     9 October  2013
• Asean Analysis- October 9, 2013
TIME 2013 will be bigger than before
• Asean Stock Watch-October 9, 2013 
• Asean Analysis- October 9, 2013
Critical Questions: Australia's New Cabinet
• The Biweekly Update 4 October 13

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand