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S’pore urges Indonesia to share evidence on errant firms responsible for forest fires

Singapore has reiterated its call to the Indonesian government to share evidence relating to any involvement by Singapore-linked companies or Singaporeans in illegal land clearing practices in Indonesia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said this on Saturday in response to media queries on comments by Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono. Mr Agung had said publicly that since 2013, the Indonesian police have launched 41 investigations against errant companies and individuals that may be involved in illegal land clearing practices in Indonesia. Mr Agung said some of these cases involved Singapore-linked companies or Singaporeans. MFA said that the Singapore government takes a serious view of these allegations.

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