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Haze in South East Asia

Singapore, parts of Malaysia and Indonesia are hit by haze arising from illegal bush fires in Indonesia. These fires are started by farmers during the dry season to clear land for agriculture. The haze is more severe this year with Singapore already issuing a health warning.

Hazy Afternoon
Hazy afternoon in Singapore

No haze Evening
The same view on haze free days

Enda Nasution links to bloggers in neighbouring countries who are complaining about the haze. The blogger says that Indoneisan media remains quiet over the issue.

Some have accused that Malaysian plantation owning companies in Indonesia might also be responsible for the haze , blogger KTemoc takes the Indonesian government to task for being lax in its enforcement.

The fact is that in those areas responsible for the burning, there is little enforcement activities because of massive corruption by the regional authorities. Indonesia must be held accountable regardless of whether the parties directly involved in the burning are Malaysian owned plantations in Indonesia. The enforcement agencies are not Malaysian owned, and they have failed ‘due diligence’ in preventing local hazardous activities that cause health problems to neighbouring countries.

Blogger Anakmerdeka in Malaysia describes the haze in a Malaysian city and says that dogs might have figured out how to get fresh air.

You can smell the haze in Seremban. The haze right at this moment in Seremban is really awful.You can actually smell it! It makes my throat feel scratchy. It also gets indoors through window openings.

My poor Buddyboy got nowhere to hide, he has resorted to parking himself between the back of his kennel and the hedge and lying low with his brown nose wedged underneath. Maybe he is smarter than most of us, the air at the lowest point is probably the freshest you can get right now.

Some bloggers like Asylum60 are finding humour in the haze situation. The blogger writes a posts titled “Top 5 Upsides of Haze Problem“. One of the upsides according to the blogger is

Upside No. 5 – “Malaysian Haze – almost like late autumn in England”
… minus the cold, minus the cleaner air, and oh yeah, minus England. Hmm.. a pint of bitter and some chips would be nice right around now…

Meanwhile, Howsy looks to haze problem as a blogging muse.

Bloggers, are your suffering from blogger's block? No ideas to blog about? Felt bored and frustrated with the haze? Well, worry not, coz it's time to dig up your old posts on the haze and post it again in your blog when it happens. I'm doing it right now.

3 comments

  • Ez

    This harrowing scene might be a sign of complete environmental doom. Let’s do something about it!

  • […] Malaysian blogger Kean-Jim Lim introduced this music video made by some Malaysians protesting the haze brought about slash and burn agriculture in nearby Indonesian island of Sumatra. This MV is in Cantonese and Malay. Well, it is so true and so real about what Malaysians have experienced in Malaysia on last October. […]

  • […] Malaysia and Singapore are usually the victims of the haze arising from the burning of vegetation in the neighboring island of Sumatra. During the worst hazy days some people who used to fly out to Thailand for brighter skies. Now it seems some areas of Thailand are also suffering from this man made environmental disaster. Chiang Mai, A popular tourist destination in North of Thailand is one of the worst affected city. […]

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