Monday, October 09, 2006


Tags: Ecology, East Asia, , Indonesia, Singapore, Environment, Governance, Agriculture

The Southeast Asian blogosphere is buzzing about the smokey haze that presents ecological and personal danger. Power-bloggers Mr. Miyagi and Wendy Cheng have posted about it. This is something we would rarely have to even consider in North America, with the rules and regulations that keep things like this in check.

Mr. Miyagi:

The good thing about the Haze, the worst since 1997-98, is that you can pretty much attribute everything to it.

Not feeling well? The Haze, lah.

Not getting your work done? The Haze, lah.

The boss on your case? The Haze, lah.

Not having a good day? The Haze, lah.

It got so bad yesterday and today that Harrah’s and Keppel Land pulled their bid for the Sentosa Integrated Resort, some schoolkids had food poisoning, and the Prime Minister asked for “responsible journalism which will help improve the lives of people”.

It is downright awful to be outdoors today - the PSI peaked at 130 at 10am this morning, a reading the NEA describes as ‘unhealthy’, and that it causes, among other things:

transient symptoms of irritation eg. eye irritation, sneezing or coughing in some of the healthy population.

Then I saw on the NEA’s website, a link to aHaze Action Planpage, and I thought, cool, we’re saved, they’re gonna do something about the Haze. But it’s not a page about what they’re gonna do about the Haze. It’s a page about what you, the general population, need to do after you have read the NEA’s PSI readings for the day - like staying indoors all day to check the NEA website for the PSI reading of the day.

So what’s being done about the source of the Haze, you indoor readers may well ask?

Wendy Cheng:

Bloody stupid tree-burning Indonesians

It's Mid-autumn festival and I can't see the moon!

What the hell is their problem? I'd love to burn their asses.

Stop by Wendy's XiaXue blog and check out the 200+ comments!

This appeared Sunday on a Global Voices post by Preetam Rai.

Singapore, parts of Malaysia and Indonesia are hit by haze arising from illegal bush fires in Indonesia. These fires are started by farmers during the dry season to clear land for agriculture. The haze is more severe this year with Singapore already issuing a health warning.

Hazy afternoon in Singapore

The same view on haze-free days.
Enda Nasution links to bloggers in neighbouring countries who are complaining about the haze. The blogger says that Indoneisan media remains quiet over the issue.
Some have accused that Malaysian plantation owning companies in Indonesia might also be responsible for the haze , blogger KTemoc takes the Indonesian government to task for being lax in its enforcement.(more…)

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