Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

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Haze Problem

The haze has been with us for more than a week, and it seems to be getting worse. In Kuala Lumpur, you can smell the acrid quality of the air that is burnt, bitter and most unpleasant. The pungent smell has even pervaded air-conditioned offices and homes.

Driving along the road, one is surrounded by a massive shroud of smoky haze. Many friends I spoke to say they feel depressed and trapped.

Depressed because they sorely miss the blue skies and greenery that make Kuala Lumpur such a lovely, liveable tropical city; trapped because there is no escaping the haze. Rich or poor, everyone is suffering.

From reports by the authorities, it would appear that the haze could be traced to those so-called “hot spots� in Sumatra and a number of peat fires in the KLIA/Cyberjaya area.

Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar was quick to apologise to Malaysia for the haze. “We are very concerned about the worsening situation caused by open burning in Sumatra,� he was quoted in an interview in The Star.

Me too.Although I returned to Malaysia 2 days ago, I was awefully disgusted by the smokey curtain that covers the entire urban and suburban areas of central Malaysia. The area where my house is located, Suabng Jaya, has a mere 0.8km visibility in early morning. The condominiums 1km away seemed to have just disappeared in thin air.

My neighbourhood. Photo taken today morning

In constrast, photo taken last year at my neighbourhood. *Different camera perspective*

Sometimes I wonder what the heck are the Indonesian authorities over at Sumatra doing? I know they’ve apologised to Malaysia, but this is not a solution. Don’t tell me they’re going to say another 1000 “Oh sorry my farmers burn their stuff and so your people have to suffer” to Malaysian authorities in the coming 1000 years!

Situations will not improve for the next few days. Authorities say that torrential rain this weekend will not help to increase the visibility. Wow, that’s great. My father might probably suffer from asthma again, since he walks to work everyday. So do my mom. She walks to the market every 2 days.

For the past few years Malaysia’s economy, tourism and society have been seriously affected by the haze. Why can’t Indonesia do anything about it? They might lack the resources to do so. They might be very lazy to stop the farmers from burning things outdoor. Anyway they’re doing just nothing.

This irks me. Don’t they have the sense of responsibility? Can’t they feel how people are suffering from the haze over in Malaysia? If they don’t and can’t do so, maybe we should burn things too when the monsoon winds blows the opposite direction.

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