Smogged.

There have been much chatter about the yearly haze coming from Sumatra — the result of illegal forest fires. Most years, this period tides over without much complains or attention but this year, the haze is actually too much to bear. Reaching as high as 371, the PSI level does not seem to be improving at all.

Having read BBC’s article about this issue, the comments from the Indonesian authorities have certainly sparked fury in me. Here are some of the incredibly ridiculous comments that the Indonesian authorities have made thus far:

Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise.

This is not what the Indonesian nation wants, it is because of nature.

Unless (Singapore) wants to give us a large amount, we won’t consider accepting it,” he said. “If it is only half a million, or one million dollars, we don’t need that. We would rather use our own national budget.

First and foremost, I believe that as a minister, one should learn to be tactful; one should also have brains. Calling Singapore childlike because we are choking in this haze that is coming from your country is not the nicest thing to say. Also, I believe said noise refers to our choking and coughing our lungs out. Secondly, how is this nature? The crazy haze is a result of illegal forest fires, fires that you have failed to control. This is not nature. Thirdly, if someone offers you money, you either accept it or you reject it and keep your hole shut. Finally, I believe that in order to be successful as a country, you need to be able to keep your people under control. Your failure to handle this issue of illegal forest fires after all these years tells us a lot about what kind of country you are. Trying to rid the blame is not the right thing to do, and yet Indonesian authorities blatantly pointed out that it is not just the Indonesian companies, but also the Malaysian and Singaporean companies who might be contributing to this insane haze.

To be brutally honest, the forest fires took place in your country. If it were the other way round, Indonesian companies burning forests in Singapore, I am pretty sure that the fire would have been put out and the involved parties, severely punished. Of course, you may say that Singapore is an incredibly small country and it is way easier to control. But hey, I’m just saying.

In addition to that, your failure to sign the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution tells us much about how willing you are and how concerned you are about your neighbouring countries. This agreement was signed more than 10 years ago, to this date, Indonesia has not signed it.

It’s quite sad to know that a country is driven by it’s corruption and  it’s greed for profits, so much so that nothing else really matters. Not it’s people, nor it’s neighbours.

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