Mr Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia has had enough of Singaporean and Malaysian complains over the haze.
The haze comes periodically, it’s a yearly affair and we know all too well about it. We’ve got a PSI that tells us how much soot we’ll have to endure in the atmosphere and we get along with our daily lives muttering angry words in the direction of Indonesia.
The VP of Indonesia is not too happy with the mumblings of Singaporeans and Malaysians who prefer breathing in fresh air instead of forest fire air and had this to say. “For 11 months, they enjoyed nice air from Indonesia and they never thanked us. They have suffered because of the haze for one month and they get upset,” He added that the forest fires in Indonesia were caused mostly by foreign companies, “Somebody once told me that Indonesia must restore its tropical forests, and I told him: ‘Excuse me? What did you say? Do you know who damaged our forests?’”
To put this in perspective, his comment is akin to a hawker store owner saying “all this while you enjoy cooked food from my stall you never thank me, all of a sudden you kena food poisoning because I didn’t cook the chicken properly and then you not happy.”
The haze has been getting worst in recent years with it reaching critical heights in recent years, with the number of hotspots growing from 18,129 in 2013 to 28,580 in 2014. I guess we better stop complaining.