SINGAPORE - MPs were calling for answers over the haze problem yesterday, and asked for updates on plans that had been implemented to tackle the issue.
The urgency of the questions was highlighted by the slight haze that affected Singapore throughout most of yesterday, with air quality worsening from "good" to "moderate" in the evening.
Ms Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) asked during the budget debate for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources: "What is the ministry doing to mitigate the recurrent haze problem?
"We don't want to go year after year singing the song Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (Nee Soon GRC) noted that the haze monitoring system recently adopted by 10 ASEAN countries - including Indonesia, where farmers using fire to clear land have been blamed for the haze - had stalled as "other parties" could not agree on its implementation.
"Can the minister elaborate on this stalemate?" he asked.
Several MPs and Nominated MPs praised the recently proposed law to punish companies behind fires in the region that cause haze in Singapore.