With the haze a perennial problem for Singapore, affecting many outdoor activities ("Hazy skies force S'poreans to cancel outdoor activities"; yesterday), events like the Formula One race could grind to a halt.
If air quality gets worse in the next few days, any cancellation of the F1 race would be a logistical nightmare. It would also put a dent in our reputation.
Perhaps the organisers should try to negotiate a new deal to reschedule the race in future, to late October or November, when Singapore is less likely to be affected by the haze.
The Russian and United States Grand Prix take place at this time of the year, and so do the Mexican and Brazilian races.
This could be a better solution than having to come up with alternative plans close to the event date if air quality deteriorates.
Phillip Tan Fong Lip
This article was first published on September 15, 2015.
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