Checkdams, tubewells to help fight open burning

Checkdams, tubewells to help fight open burning

13 April 2011

published by www.theborneopost.com


Malaysia — The federal government will build more checkdams and tubewells this year, to combat open burning which is the main cause of haze in the country.

Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said such a move was imperative as haze was imminent during dry spell.

“During that period (dry spell), the situation can become very serious as schools will be forced to close down because it poses a health risk to our children.

“It also becomes unsafe for flying and shipping activities,” he said at the official opening of three checkdams and two tubewells in Sabah at the Klias forestery training centre near here yesterday.

The checkdams and tubewells are managed by Sabah Peat Soil Management Committee. Kurup said, to date, the federal government had built 87 checkdams, 19 tubewells and three watch towers nationwide


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