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Anti-haze Bill 'to be tabled later this year', says Vivian Balakrishnan

It will go through a second round of consultation, says Balakrishnan

Published on May 6, 2014 8:26 AM
Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta yesterday. The root of issues like the haze is "misaligned commercial interests", he says. -- PHOTO: CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH

A Bill that penalises those responsible for causing transboundary haze will be tabled in Parliament by the second half of this year, Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.

A draft of the proposed Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill was published in February for public consultation, and Dr Balakrishnan told The Straits Times in an interview yesterday that he wanted another round of consultations with those who had made suggestions.

"There's been some very good feedback. There are some changes I want to consider and another round of discussion with the people who have proposed changes."

Dr Balakrishnan made the comments after he spoke at the two- day Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, where he told some 2,000 participants, including several environment ministers, the root of problems like the haze was "misaligned commercial interests".

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