Tag Archives: haze

INDON MINISTER: WHAT HAS SG GOVT DONE TO STOP THE HAZE? STOP TALKING SO MUCH!

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar launched the latest salvo against Singapore and told the islandstate to focus on its own role in combatting the issue instead of “making so many comments”. “We have been consistent in sticking to our part of the bargain, especially by attempting to prevent the recurrence of land and forest fires and by consistently enforcing the law. So, my question is - what has the Singaporean government done? I feel that they should focus on their own role."

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RECENT HAZE IS CAUSED BY NORTHERN ASEAN REGION & OURSELVES

National Environment Agency (NEA) said that hotspots in the northern ASEAN region and local vegetation fires are some factors that could have contributed to the burning smell in Singapore. As the northern part of Southeast Asia is currently experiencing the traditional dry season, there has been a rise in the number of hotspots. In Singapore, there has also been incidences of vegetation fires. There has been 121 vegetation fires this year and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) attended to 20 of such incidences.

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HAZE HAS WORSEN TO UNHEALTHY LEVELS, PLS TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Hi, I wish to raise awareness on the recent haze condition. Many of us must have noticed the smoke/burnt smell in the air recently. I have come across a web site which monitors PSI as well as PM 2.5 (and many more) and it is seriously worrying me. I have been checking a particular website for information over the past 2 weeks and there were days where the PM 2.5 reached an unhealthy level for sensitive groups of people. However, PM 2.5 had worsened yesterday to the unhealthy level for the general public.

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INDONESIA EXPECTS DRIER THAN USUAL WEATHER, FOREST FIRES OUT OF CONTROL IN RIAU

Indonesia's weather agency BKMG declared that it expects drier than normal weather in fire-prone regions in western and central Indonesia for the months of March and April. This region is highly susceptible to haze during the dry season due to forest fires caused by slash and burn techniques used to clear land for palm oil plantations. Just last week, Riau's Governor declared a State of Emergency in Riau to combat the burning forest fires which are getting out of control.

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FOREST FIRES FLARE IN RIAU, INDONESIA

In a bid to prevent a repeat of the haze that occured in 2015, Indonesia's western province of Riau has declared a state of emergency over forest and land fires blazing on the island of Sumatra on 8 March 2016. About 500 military and police personnel and a water-bombing helicopter have been deployed to help fight the fires but the haze had not yet reached urban areas. The current wind conditions means that the haze will not affect Singapore for now. Records have shown that efforts by Indonesia and her neighbouring countries to put out the fires have been dismal. The 2015 forest fires ended only when the rainy season arrived.

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JUSUF KALLA: THE WIND IS TO BLAME FOR HAZE, NOT INDONESIA

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) CEO summit, Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla blamed the wind for spreading the haze to neighboring countries, stating that it was something beyond Indonesia's control. He added that the problem would persist next year.

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MALAYSIAN BUSINESSMAN SUES INDONESIAN GOVT IN COURT OVER HAZE

A 52 year-old businessman is suing the Indonesian government over its botched handling of the fires in Sumatra, which he says has caused deteriorating air quality in Malaysia that affected his family's health. The Malaysian businessman filed the report at the Kepala Batas station in Penang, Malaysia on Wednesday, citing intolerable haze levels. The businessman resides in Sungei Petani, Kedah.

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INDON MINISTER: SPORE’S OFFER OF ONLY 1 PLANE TO FIGHT FIRES IS INSULTING

In an interview with Tempo magazine, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that Singapore’s offer of only "one aricraft" to fight the raging forest fires was "insulting" to Indonesia. He also defended Indonesia's lack of enthusiasm in putting out the fires and for its delay in accepting external help.

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