JAKARTA – Malaysia and Indonesia are to come up with a long-term solution to the annual haze from Indonesia that affects countries in the region, including Malaysia, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The details would be worked out by the ministers of the two countries, he told reporters here. Ahmad Zahid is on a four-day working visit to Indonesia beginning Friday.
The haze, reportedly from fires to clear forests for planting crops, has posed a perennial problem for countries in the region.
Ahmad Zahid’s visit to Indonesia is his first official trip abroad since his appointment as the deputy prime minister on July 28.
He held discussions Friday with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and called on Indonesian Vice President Jusof Kalla at the Vice Presidential Palace.
Ahmad Zahid said the meeting with Luhut also touched on the economy and social problems, including the legalisation of Indonesian illegal workers in Malaysia, and common border issues.
He said all these issues would be discussed and resolved on a goodwill basis.
“We have good chemistry, good relations. I feel the problems that have yet to be discussed and resolved can be settled with the good relations prevailing between the top leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said.
After the meeting with Jusof Kalla, Ahmad Zahid and the Indonesian Vice President performed Friday prayers at the Baiturrahman Mosque in the compound of the Vice Presidential Palace. – BERNAMA