Strictly Enforce Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP)

OhTongKeong 20151007 Haze BIPENANG — Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong urged the ASEAN Members States (AMS) to strictly enforce the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP) and not to talk only.

Oh said the current haze “is the worst compared to previous years.”

The current haze affected not only the people’s health, but also additional unnecessary costs such as increase of medical cases, plus closure of schools and airports. “These are unnecessary overheads which affect the people financially,” Oh said.

According to a press release from ASEAN secretariat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia had deposited Indonesia’s Instrument of Ratification of AATHP on January 20, 2015.

That meant all AMS have been ratified the AATHP, improving the efficiency and cooperation among AMS in handling transboundary haze pollution.

Currently, ASEAN is accelerating the establishment of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Transboundary Haze Pollution Control (ACC) under ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Center (ASMC).

Oh also quoted the death of chickens by millions due to the haze. “The situation has also seriously affected our people economically,” Oh added.

Oh urged the federal government to quickly gazette and implement the transboundary haze pollution bill. “This will allow us to take action against those involved in forest fires that caused the haze,” Oh said.

He also urged all AMS to accelerate the effort in resolving the transboundary haze pollution by efficiently implementing the AATHP.

Oh was speaking at a presentation of 6,000 face masks at the Bayan Baru Market, organised by Gerakan Youth Bayan Baru Division on Tuesday morning.

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