Haze update: PM Lee says Singapore urging Indonesia to take action to reduce haze

A photo of the haze taken at the Istana which was posted on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook page. Mr Lee said on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, that the Government is monitoring the haze situation closely and will stay in touch with the Indonesian authorities.
PHOTO: Haze update: PM Lee says Singapore urging Indonesia to take action to reduce haze

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday that the Government is monitoring the haze situation closely and will stay in touch with the Indonesian authorities.


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Read PM Lee's full Facebook post here:

Sharing a photo of the haze taken from Istana. The city in the distance is barely visible.

We are all affected by the haze. Farmers and plantation owners in Sumatra are burning crops to clear land in the dry season, and unfortunately the winds are blowing the smoke all the way to Singapore. Ministers Vivian and Shanmugam have called their Indonesian counterparts to register our serious concerns and offer our help to fight the fires.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will stay in close touch with the Indonesian authorities. Meanwhile, please stay indoors whenever you can, especially children, seniors and those prone to respiratory problems. And do monitor NEA's website (or use their myEnv app) for the latest updates. - LHL

Read Mr K Shanmugam's full Facebook post here:

I spoke twice today with my Indonesian counterpart, Dr Marty Natalegawa, to register our concerns about the worsening haze situation, and that the PSI had crossed into the unhealthy range.

I stressed to Pak Marty, the urgency of the situation and reiterated Singapore's commitment to assist Indonesia with its fire-fighting efforts.

Pak Marty has discussed the issue with his Indonesian Cabinet colleagues to get the agencies to share information. This will help to better monitor the hotspots and land clearing activities.

We agreed that officials on both sides should meet soon to discuss how best to combat the haze issue.

Read Mr Vivian Balakrishnan's full Facebook post here:

We need to exert commercial pressure against companies causing the haze.

I just spoke to Indonesian Minister Balthasar Kambuaya. Expressed our deep distress with the situation. This is the worst in 7 years - and has practically become a permanent fixture every year.

I suggested Minister Kambuaya name the companies responsible for the fires - (as I am sure consumers will know what to do).

We are also waiting for Indonesia to publish the concession maps. The combination of satellite photos, which are updated daily, and these concession maps would enable us to pin point the errant companies.

I also offered the assistance of the Singapore government - and he said he would revert after his team assesses the situation on the ground.

In the meantime, young children, seniors and people with respiratory or cardiac problems should take precautions, avoid outdoor activities and consult their doctors early if there are any symptoms. Let us continue to look out for each other.

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