Indonesia president defends his haze apology

(From left) Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (above) has rebutted critics at home who said his apology to Singapore and Malaysia over the haze on Monday night was excessive.

His unexpected apology had, in the past 48 hours, been met with criticism from various quarters, with Republika daily saying he had "hurt the people" on its cover on Wednesday, and Media Indonesia daily saying he had "dragged down national pride".