Malaysia

Malaysia to offer cloud seeding to Indonesia

June 22, 2013

Malaysia will offer cloud seeding to the Indonesian government to help the country tackle the haze problem caused by drought.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri G. Palanieval said it will be made during a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta on Wednesday. "It is among matters to be discussed in the meeting. It's up to the Indonesian government whether to accept it or not," he told reporters after chairing the Department of Environment (DOE) meeting in Muar, Friday.

The cloud seeding offer was discussed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Palanivel said the prime minister intially proposed cloud seeding to induce rainfall in areas in the country affected by haze.

"However, the proposal could not be implemented as it (still) could not prevent the haze from coming to Malaysia as the source of open burning is in Indonesia," he said.

Palanivel said he would discuss the recruitment of DOE enforcement officers with the Public Service Department (PSD) before asking for approval. The DOE only has 1,565 enforcement officers nationwide with 130 in Johor.

The public can contact the DOE hotline at 1800882727 around the clock to report open burning in their areas. - Bernama, June 22, 2013.