Friday, September 25, 2015

Haze Elimination Action Team (HEAT)

This is excellent. An initiative outside government has unique strengths and possibilities that can be brought to bear on this problem. At some point governments can get involved.

Nasty and health damaging as it is, this haze problem can be solved if given enough time. We might not have the satisfaction of seeing big companies severely punished, something which would give us immense satisfaction but I am confident eventually we will be rid of it.

Kudos to Shanmugan for his public statement.
The Indonesian government has said that it is taking steps to deal with the problem. We hope those steps will lead to lasting outcomes, and we are prepared with work with Indonesia on this.
Yet at the same time, we are hearing some shocking statements made, at senior levels, from Indonesia, with a complete disregard for our people, and their own – PSI levels in parts of Indonesia are at almost 2,000 (PSI above 350 is considered hazardous in Indonesia).
How is it possible for senior people in government to issue such statements, without any regard for their people, or ours, and without any embarrassment, or sense of responsibility?

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