PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia may consider enacting a law that allows it to take action against Malaysian companies operating overseas that are found guilty of contributing to the haze, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister said this is specifically for Malaysian companies, with estates in foreign countries who fail to put out fires, causing the haze situation.
“We want to take action against Malaysian companies that have estates outside Malaysia, which are contributing towards the haze because of burning in their estates.
“We will ask them to put out the fires.
"But, of course, if we find that they are unwilling to take action, we may have to pass a law that will make them responsible for fires on their property even if it is outside Malaysia, ” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference after launching the new Malaysian Foreign Policy Framework.
The Prime Minister said this was among the haze tackling measures discussed in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (Sept 18).
“The Cabinet also discussed and agreed that we should give more information on where the hotspots are through government statements, ” he said.
Previously, Indonesia had said that four out of 30 companies whose palm plantations were sealed off due to fires were Malaysian-owned.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin had also said Indonesia has full power to enforce the law on its land, even if the companies were Malaysian.