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Asean leaders tweet haze concern

June 24, 2013

Leaders of haze-affected countries in Asean took to social media tools to find a solution for the environmental disaster.

By Arno Maierbrugger

SINGAPORE: Leaders of haze-affected countries in Asean, namely Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, took to social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to find a solution for the environmental disaster.

In a Facebook post, Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said he shared the concerns of his countrymen over the haze and urged Indonesia to take action.

He also offered Singapore’s aircraft for cloud seeding purposes. He said Singapore was going to distribute a million N95 masks to low-income households for free.

On Twitter, Malaysian prime minister Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia was willing to help Indonesia put out the fires  by cloud seeding.

Najib added that Asean had to work together to resolve the matter once and for all and said the issue will be discussed at the next Asean meeting in Brunei from June 27 to July 2.

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono tweeted that both the Indonesian army and police have been mobilised to combat fires raging in Sumatra.

He added that he had instructed all “relevant agencies” at Indonesia’s central and regional governments to resolve the problem within a month.

Former Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong expressed his anger in a Facebook post.

“PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) now over 400. The Singapore child is being suffocated. How can he not scream?” he asked.

It was a reference to Agung Laksono, the Indonesian minister coordinating his country’s response to the haze, who accused Singapore of “behaving like a child” over the issue.

This report first appeared on www.investvine.com


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