Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System (HMS) at the ASEAN summit in Brunei on October 9, describing it as a “concrete example of cooperation”.

"This approval of the HMS will allow us to implement the system and track down those responsible for causing the haze, and over time manage the problem," the Singaporean Prime Minister said.

After the main summit, PM Lee Hsien Loong, together with Malaysian Premier Najib Razak and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, met and discussed the implementation of the ASEAN haze monitoring system. PM Lee expressed thanks to his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts for their cooperation for the project and Singapore's willingness to work with them to implement the system and take the cooperation beyond the haze monitoring system.

The haze had been discussed by ASEAN foreign and environment ministers in July, days after Singapore and Malaysia suffered the worst haze in 16 years. The haze in Singapore and Malaysia in June was largely caused by illegal slash-and-burn practices which are seen as the cheapest and fastest way to clear land.

The 100,000 SGD monitoring system was developed by Singapore and is expected to make use of land concession maps from each country, hot-spot data and high resolution satellite images to pinpoint companies responsible for burning land illegally.-VNA