One of the world's largest paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) said it will send a reply to the Singapore government related forest fires in Indonesia within the deadline on Friday (2/10).
Channel NewsAsia reported, a subsidiary of Sinar Mas Group received notification from the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) since Friday (25/9).
Singapore government requested information about the fire fighting effort in the company's land in Indonesia. This action is done with respect to the Singapore Law on Transboundary Haze Pollution which was passed last year.
APP and its suppliers control enough land concessions, covering more than two million hectares in Indonesia.
Although the company has a policy not to burn the forest land, or zero burning policy, approximately 10 thousand hectares of land in Jambi and Riau APP owned supplier that is currently on fire.
APP said it has deployed about 3,000 firefighters and three helicopters to try to extinguish the fire.
The company said it has no specific target exactly when the fire was extinguished, while emphasizing the firefighters worked hard to extinguish the fire as soon as possible.
APP claimed the fires did not start on the ground of their suppliers concession. However, when the fire broke out and spread to the lands of their suppliers, the fire difficult to stop.
"Although our suppliers permit such concessions, but it does not mean we have full control over everything that happens in the concession, since the concession was in a village, and there was overlapping permits other businesses, such as oil palm, rubber or mining, which issued by the local government, "said Aida Greenbury, one of the directors in the APP.
"What are the rights and obligations of us, what should we do, who is responsible and who manage land which is not clear," said Greenbury.
Meanwhile, a number of environmental activists blame the situation of land management by local government regulation is bad.
"Lately, the government began trying to put out some new regulations to address the problem of land in Indonesia, trying to really work with the community to map these problems," said Agung Wiyono, senior social experts from institutions The Forest Trust.
Last week, Singapore initiate legal action against five companies allegedly involved in disaster smog blowing up to Singapore and Malaysia.
APP is one of the five companies. NEA using the Law on Transboundary Haze Pollution to urge the five companies that provide information about their supplier land burned in Indonesia and what has been done to stop the fire.
While APP said they welcomed the investigation by the government of Singapore. However, until now the forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan continues to burn, causing smog that is harmful to health.