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Health Ministry has 16 million N95 masks in national stockpile

The Ministry of Health has 16 million N95 masks stowed away and this national stockpile will be released to retailers and grassroots organisations to meet public demand if the haze situation escalates. This is in addition to 280,000 masks already in the inventories of major retailers here, said Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who shared this in Parliament yesterday in response to a question from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong. Singapore’s air quality crept into the “moderate” range for the first time since August, as the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) readings climbed to 51 at 11am yesterday.

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Singapore may have ‘occasional slight haze’ over the next few days: NEA

Singapore may have "occasional slight haze" for the next few days, especially in the mornings, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in an advisory on Sunday night. There has been thick haze blanketing parts of the Riau province in Indonesia. In Malaysia's Port Klang, air pollutant index readings on Sunday morning reached an unhealthy level of 121.

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S’pore urges Indonesia to share evidence on errant firms responsible for forest fires

Singapore has reiterated its call to the Indonesian government to share evidence relating to any involvement by Singapore-linked companies or Singaporeans in illegal land clearing practices in Indonesia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said this on Saturday in response to media queries on comments by Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono. Mr Agung had said publicly that since 2013, the Indonesian police have launched 41 investigations against errant companies and individuals that may be involved in illegal land clearing practices in Indonesia. Mr Agung said some of these cases involved Singapore-linked companies or Singaporeans. MFA said that the Singapore government takes a serious view of these allegations.

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Official: Indonesian Haze could hit Singapore soon

IN JAKARTA - The haze over Riau could hit Singapore soon as wind speeds change, the head of the local weather station said on Friday. "Wind movement that was previously from the north and east to the south has begun to reverse, so there's a chance the haze could reach Singapore," said Mr Sugarin, head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) station in Pekanbaru.

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BATAM TOLD TO RETHINK PLAN TO BUILD USMAN, HARUN STATUE

Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani has told the Batam chapter of the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to reconsider its plan to build a statue in honour of former Marines Usman and Harun to prevent further friction with Singapore. Mr Sani said that Batam Kadin should bear in mind that Batam is a stone's throw away from Singapore. "What is the benefit for us?" Sani asked.

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Govt, S’poreans that blur on Indons’ ship-naming?

The govt missed the opportunity to kick the Indonesian govt in the balls. It could have made the Indon govt look stupid and crass internationally. S’poreans (govt* and all the commentators bar one Voice, see below) are behaving like frogs in a well in their reaction to the Indonesian brazenness over the naming a naval vessel after two “heroes” who killed S’porean civilians in the 1960s.

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INDONESIA AND SINGAPORE CAN’T FORGET THE PAST BUT THEY SHOULD STEP BACK AND REFLECT

It is certainly difficult for either country to accept each other’s action since both have good reasons to do so. But given the latest comments from the Indonesian Foreign Minister that his country had no ill intent against Singapore over its decision to hero worship the two soldiers, and that Indonesia continues to value its friendship with Singapore, it may useful for both sides to take a step back each, as they would in the popular Dangdut dance! Instead of naming a navy ship after the two soldiers, perhaps Jakarta can name them after a military hospital which is a place of healing. Singapore can do its part by providing military doctors and equipment to the Indonesian hospital in a friendly exchange programme.

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INDONESIA POLITICAL ANALYST: SINGAPORE’S THREE-POINT AGENDA OVER SHIP NAMING ISSUE

He explained that the first point in the agenda was that Singapore, as a US ally, was keen to garner attention from the superpower with regard to getting more military support by sending a message that it is threatened by the Indonesian military's revival. Guspi explained that Singapore's second point of the agenda was its intentions to foster nationalism and improve its national identity. Singapore's third point of the agenda is that the current regime in that country has been in power since the establishment of that country. Recently, voices have been raised regarding the authenticity of democracy in that country, Guspi stated.

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Indonesia media buys New Nation news about PM Lee and SBY

I guess we can now REALLY say the row between Singapore and Indonesia has seriously come to a head. Indonesia media left, right and centre have picked up on the New Nation piece about PM Lee unfriending Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Facebook. Tribun News, read by 200 million Indonesians, reported on the issue as if it is real and it has gone viral.

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Singapore faces threat of early, prolonged haze

The Republic is facing an early, and prolonged, bout of haze, with Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and a pulp and paper giant both warning of an increase in burning in Indonesia. In a strongly-worded Facebook post last night, Dr Balakrishnan said: “Again. Hot spots increasing dramatically in Sumatra, with 458 visible today. Haze may worsen when the winds weaken next week. Some rain expected, but not enough to douse the fires. “We will try to encourage them to take action — but we all know the welfare of close neighbours is not their priority. Hard truths of regional politics,” he added.

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