What has the Singaporean government done about the haze, asks Indonesian minister

Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar delivered a brutal message about Singapore, in the latest update on who-takes-the-blame-for-haze.

In an interview with foresthints.news over the weekend, Minister Siti said that said the Indonesian government has taken substantial steps to prevent land and forest fires, and the ensuing haze that envelops the region every year.

She went on to say that these decisions were made solely by the Indonesian government, and not because of pressure from other countries, including Singapore.

We have been consistent in sticking to our part of the bargain, especially by attempting to prevent the recurrence of land and forest fires and by consistently enforcing the law. So, my question is – what has the Singaporean government done? I feel that they should focus on their own role.

Just last Friday (15 Apr) at the third Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that agro-forestry companies should take full responsibility for fire prevention.

But as Indonesia’s Siti Nurbaya Bakar puts it:

We really appreciate the input provided to us by our Singaporean neighbours and cherish our bilateral partnership, but I would respectfully ask them to stop making so many comments, particularly when it comes to the fires and haze-related issues. We each have our own part to play and we should focus on carrying this out.

Ouch.

 

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With reference to Foresthints.news, Channel NewsAsia