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Remembering the 1998 Indonesian Chinese Ethnic Cleansing

Time flies. I find it so difficut to let it go and I’m still thinking about my wife and mum every night who died in May 1998 during the Indonesia riots when more than 1500 Indonesia ethinic chinese were killed. They shared the same fate with many Indonesen chinese women who were gang raped and tortured to death by the rioters.

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New inexpensive fan filter aims to help Singaporeans beat the haze

PEOPLE here will have a new, relatively inexpensive way to protect themselves at home if haze returns, as feared in the next few months. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have come up with a new indoor filtration system that can dramatically reduce levels of small toxic particles called PM2.5. High concentrations of the particles can cause eye and lung irritation in the short term, and could lead to lung and bladder cancer if inhaled over long periods.

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4 factors ensuring S’pore will experience haze that is PSI 401 and higher in 2014

It’s almost the end of May and it can only mean one thing: It’s haze season in Singapore again. Last June, the PSI level in Singapore breached 401, signalling that the haze, courtesy of forest fires in Indonesia, was in the hazardous range. This year, in anticipation of what could be a worse situation than last year — which was already the worst haze episode in Singapore’s history — about 3.6 million free N95 face masks have been delivered to 1.2 million households nationwide from May 6 to 12.

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GENERAL MOELDOKO SAYS HIS LUXURY WATCH IS FAKE

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Moeldoko rebuffed Singaporean media reports on his lavish watch collection and claimed that he only purchased knockoff watches to satisfy his curiosity about watch technology. “In the market, this watch could fetch for more than Rp 1 billion [US$85,984], but I bought it for only Rp 5 million,” Moeldoko said after a meeting with the Philippines’ armed forces chief, Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, in Jakarta on Wednesday. Moeldoko was responding to foreign media reports about his penchant for collecting expensive watches. One of the watches was a limited edition Richard Mille he wore during an interview with a Singaporean news channel.

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THE HAZE MAY BE BACK NEXT MONTH

Indonesian officials are bracing themselves for more widespread fires in the coming months, with Australian meteorologists predicting the return of the El Nino phenomenon as early as July.. FOREST fires in Sumatra may flare up as early as next month, the Indonesian authorities warned as cloud-seeding and water-bombing operations resumed this week to curb the threat of haze, which blanketed the region last year. The head of emergency response at Riau province's disaster management agency, Mr Ferialdi, said a Hercules aircraft and three helicopters made 20 sorties yesterday to put out fires. "Conditions are very much under control now. We also do patrols and get regular updates of conditions on the ground from local residents," he added.

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Indonesia’s armed forces chief says ‘no apology’ for naming of frigate

Indonesia's Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko, said it was incorrectly reported that he had made an apology over the naming of a navy frigate after two Indonesian marines behind a 1965 bombing in Singapore. Dr Moeldoko told reporters on Thursday that his comments, in an interview with Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday, were misunderstood. "Saying sorry that the naming of the Usman Harun is our final decision, does not mean saying sorry. If things are twisted, that's normal for reporters," he said.

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INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES CHIEF APOLOGISES OVER NAMING OF WARSHIP

The Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces has apologised over the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who carried out the bombing of MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965. General Moeldoko told Channel NewsAsia that the Indonesian military had meant no ill-will, and had not intended to stir up emotions in Singapore. He said the episode has been a learning process, and he is confident that future ties between the two militaries would grow even stronger. General Moeldoko said: "Once again I apologise. We have no ill intent whatsoever to stir emotions. Not at all. Second, relations between the two countries are on the mend. There have been communications among leaders. Singapore's Chief of Defence and I have spoken."

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MFA disappointed over Indonesian marines posing as MacDonald House bombers at dialogue

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it is concerned and disappointed over an incident where two Indonesian marines posed as the two Indonesian perpetrators of the MacDonald House bombing that killed three innocent civilians and injured another 33 in Singapore in March 1965. On learning of the incident, the Singapore Armed Forces delegation at the exhibition withdrew from the event and returned to Singapore.Singapore officials at the Embassy in Jakarta also spoke with representatives from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and the Indonesian military to express disappointment over the incident.

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SBY: Clearing land by burning ‘a crime against humanity’

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said those who clear land by burning are committing crimes against humanity, causing millions of people to suffer from the haze. His comments came as he arrived in Riau yesterday afternoon and met officials battling the disaster over the past month that continued to see pollutant levels in much of the province reach hazardous levels.

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Air quality worsens with 3-hour PSI hitting 84

ir quality in Singapore worsened today (March 11) with the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reaching 84 as at 8pm. The 24-hr PSI was between 31 and 56, while PM2.5 was between 18 and 42 μg/m3, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA). Air quality is in the moderate band when the PSI is between 51 and 100. “We expect the situation to improve during the night, but high moderate haze is expected to persist for the next few days as northeasterly winds blow smoke from increasing hot spots in Malaysia,” said Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan in a Facebook post.

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