Thursday, 20 June 2013

PSI Level 371 - Life at Stake

I get the following extract off CNN (S'pore).

Laksono on Thursday accused Singapore of "behaving like a child" by complaining about severe haze from raging forest fires on Sumatra island that has cloaked the city-state.

"Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise," Agung Laksono, the minister who is coordinating Indonesia's response to the haze crisis, told reporters in Jakarta.

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

The minister for people's welfare also said Jakarta would reject any offer of financial aid from Singapore unless it was a large amount.

"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."

Laksono said investigations were under way to find out which company was responsible for the haze.

"There are Indonesian, Singaporean and Malaysian companies there," he said, echoing previous comments from officials in Jakarta seeking to shift the blame away from solely Indonesian firms.

The comments came as the neighbours prepared to hold emergency talks in Jakarta to ease the severe smog enveloping the city-state.
I was ragging when I read this article while constantly checking the PSI level.

Who is he to call us Singaporeans baby, whining over the haze matter? Sending us your polluted haze almost yearly as your greeting is not friendly by one bit.
Singapore's air pollutant index was again hovering around the "hazardous" level of 371 in the afternoon (It was actually 468 based on hourly estimation).

While, it may not be our first time facing this haze issue, but it is definitely the first time it got this bad. I'm not complaining as though we are that weak and would die in haze. I was upset because I do have friends suffering from asthma, who panted real bad due to haze.

Furthermore, our poor construction workers etc., working under the hot sun, has no choice but to suck in haze. They have to continue to work unless a "stop-work" order is given. We are not used to living in this harsh haze environment. And so it justifies why we are making a "big" thing out of this haze. It concerns our health, our lives.

The main thing that I was mad about was the fact that Laksono was still blaming other countries for the haze. I really ponder the objective for doing so? And that he actually mentioned that the amount we are rendering is too little. Do some justice please.

I think that our Ministers are too nice people. They are all taking advantages of our governments.

- Pissed Singaporean.

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