As Singaporeans complain about on the haze which topped to 401 PSI, let’s all spare a thought for our neighbors in Malaysia. With the PSI reading topping 700, Malaysia has declared a state of emergency in two southern districts and basically closed down the coastal towns of Muar and Ledang.
With the haze reaching hazardous levels in both Malaysia and Singapore, perhaps it’s time for both Malaysia and Singapore to give a joint statement to Indonesia. The cause of the haze is the forest fires in Indonesia and despite numerous calls from ministers in Singapore and Malaysia, Indonesia has been unable (or unwilling) to put out the fires causing the haze.
Since private statements are not working, then the next diplomatic step would be a joint statement from both Singapore and Malaysia. Yes, I agree Indonesia would probably ignore a joint call as well but it wouldn't hurt and a joint statement has a better chance of reaching the ears of Indonesia than what we are doing now.
After all if talking doesn't work, you need to either shut up or use a bigger microphone. Since both the Malaysian and Singapore government can't keep quiet with the haze still around, it's time to use a bigger microphone.