Jakarta: The Environment and Forestry Ministry is planning to send a protest note to Malaysia over the contry's complaint of smog from Indonesia.
The Ministry claimed that hotspots were also detected in Malaysian territory. It urged the Malaysian government to reveal the real situation in the field.
"Smog that enveloped Kuala Lumpar was mainly originated from Sarawak, Malay Peninsula and maybe West Kalimantan," Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said here on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
"I urge them to be objective about the issue," she said.
Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) earlier reported at least 2,510 hotspots detected by Terra Aqua MODIS, SNPP, NOAA20 and Himawari-8 Satellite imagery during September 4-7, 2019 throughout the ASEAN region.
All of these hotspots were spread across several ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Timor Leste and Thailand.
Based on imagery of the Himawari-8 satellite, haze in Indonesian territory was reported in the provinces of Riau, Jambi, parts of South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.
However, there was no report on trans-boundary haze from Sumatra to Peninsular Malaysia. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)