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Activists slam ASEAN roadmap to stop smog

Forest fires in Indonesia produced acrid smog that shrouded Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of the region for weeks in 2015Southeast Asian nations agreed to a roadmap on Thursday to combat acrid haze from Indonesian fires that cloaks vast swathes of the region every year, but the move was greeted by activists with scepticism. Further doubts were raised about the agreement with the Indonesian environment minister skipping the one-day meeting in Kuala Lumpur attended by environment ministers from the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a 10-member regional bloc. Malaysia’s environment minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said to AFP that under the roadmap ASEAN members would need to take “measures and action” to fight forest fires and prevent the use of fire to clear jungles.

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