Yeo Bee Yin Presents Facts On Haze After Indonesia Accuses Malaysia Of A Cover-Up
On Wednesday, Minister Yeo Bee Yin took to Facebook to present data that showed how the haze in Malaysia originated from Indonesia
"Let the data speak for itself," said the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change, adding that Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya "should not be in denial".
In her Facebook post, Yeo shared the latest data on the number of hotspots
"This is the latest data on the total number of hotspots recorded by Asean Specialised Meteorological Center (ASMC) : Kalimantan (474), Sumatera (387) vs Malaysia (7)," said Yeo.
She then shared the link to the ASMC website, with the corresponding screenshots.
"Just look at the wind direction," she wrote in response to Siti Nurbaya's claim that the haze is from Sarawak.
"How is it logically possible?" Yeo questioned.
"Minister Siti Nurbaya should not be in denial," Yeo said at the end of her post.
Yeo's takedown of Siti Nurbaya comes after the Indonesian politician accused Malaysia of covering up information and said that the haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur originated from Sarawak
"Not all of the haze originated from Indonesia," Siti Nurbaya was quoted as saying by Tempo.co on Wednesday, 11 September.
"There is information that they did not disclose. Because in actual fact, the haze that entered Malaysia - to Kuala Lumpur - is from Sarawak, from Peninsular Malaysia, and perhaps part of it from West Kalimantan."
"The Malaysian government should explain it objectively," she added.
"There is no transboundary haze as of this second," she reportedly said.
She also claimed that there was only one hour when the winds moved in the direction of north-west.
"Winds moved from Kalimantan and Sarawak, West Kalimantan, and Peninsular Malaysia. Don’t just say the haze is from Indonesia," she added.
This is not the first time that Indonesia’s Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister denied the transboundary haze: