JAKARTA: Indonesia will "truly be ashamed" if it cannot resolve the transboundary haze problem, said President Joko Widodo as he tasked the relevant agencies to double up efforts to tackle the problem. According to a report by news site Tempo , Mr Widodo said during a national coordination meeting on wildfires on Tuesday (Aug 6) that he was disappointed with how the haze issue has again made regional headlines. "Take extreme caution on this issue, we will truly be ashamed if we fail to solve this issue," he reportedly said. He noted that while those in Malaysia and Singapore were generally glad that there has been no severe transboundary haze since 2015, the massive forest fires four years ago had harmed Indonesia's economy and ties with its neighbours. READ: Indonesian forest fires exposed 69 million people to ‘killer haze’ Regional countries including Singapore and Malaysia are affected by the annual haze and Indonesia recorded the highest number of hot spots this year – at 975 so far – since the disastrous fires in 2015. Satellites on Tuesday morning detected 433 hot spots across Indonesia, with the Riau province recording the largest number at 132, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. Indonesian authorities have sent… Read full this story
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