Does Joko Widodo have what it takes to tackle forest fires and save the region?
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo has stated that it’s been a tough first year for him as President especially when it comes to the economy and haze.
In a previous statement, the Indonesian President mentioned that it would take at least three years before we’d see a marked improvement when it comes to the annual dilemma. The haze plagues the region on a yearly basis and is not just a major pollutant to their citizens but that of their neighbours.
President Widodo has been criticised for his poor management of the haze situation that has already lasted two entire months. It’s also been one of the worst hazes we’ve had in Singapore for a couple of years. The situation was so dire that parts of Indonesia saw a ridiculous four figured PSI reading.
The President has admitted that early prevention would have curbed the forest fires. He said “There should have been preventive measures earlier on. If the prevention had been done, and all had been responsible from top to the bottom, I think the outcome would have been different.”
Will see an improvement before Indonesia’s next Presidential election? We wait three years and see.