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Jakarta Post

Jokowi to visit Malaysia, Singapore as haze crisis returns

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  08:52 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after giving a joint statement at Bogor Palace on June 29, 2018.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set to visit Malaysia and Singapore this week, the Foreign Ministry has announced, amid fears over the possibility of another transboundary haze crisis emanating from Indonesia. The announcement comes after Jokowi told a coordination meeting on forest and land fires on Tuesday that he felt embarrassed about visiting the two nations, given that the issue of haze made headlines in Malaysia and Singapore, with recent local reports saying that Kuala Lumpur was pointing the finger mostly at forest fires in Sumatra. "I was sometimes embarrassed. This week I plan to visit Malaysia and Singapore. But just last week, haze was a headline," Jokowi said, ordering government agencies to work hard to tackle the fires. Malaysian newspaper The Star reported last Friday that the Malaysian Meteorological Department had detected haze over Selan...