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Jakarta takes steps toward haze-free Southeast Asia

Indonesia backs NGO and corporate initiative to prevent forest fires

Sofyan Djalil, Indonesia's minister for agrarian and spatial planning, addresses the Responsible Business Forum in Jakarta on March 15. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA -- Malaysia's environment minister is sure that 2017 will not see a repeat of the choking, eye-watering smog that covered parts of his country, as well as Singapore and areas in Indonesia, for around two months in 2015.

"We are very likely to be haze-free this year. Even if it comes, it will not be as serious as before," said Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, on March 2.

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