The haze mystery haunts South East Asian countries

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The sun seen turning a dark orange with haze thickening in Kuching. This photo was taken at St Joseph's International School at Pandungan, five minutes away from Kuching city - Photo: Vanessa Naen

No one country is taking full responsibility for causing this devastating environmental pollution, writes JD Lovrenciear.

The haze is back. Like a pilgrimage, each year it comes back to blanket Malaysia, Indonesia and other neighbouring lands.

And with each passing year, the haze seems to be getting worse.

But no one country is taking full responsibility for causing this devastating environmental pollution. In all probability, every one of them is guilty.

The haze is there because of smoke with suspended particles. There would be no without burning. And that burning must be by the tens of thousands of hectares and over extended periods to cause this overwhelming haze.

Little do governments in the region realise that despite all their Asean promises and show of great brotherhood and the promotion of the “prosper thy neighbour” mantras, the haze will drive a wedge between these nations.

In the quest to be an economic powerhouse, ‘development’ and agro-conquest is the obsession at any cost.

Indeed, the haze is a crime against humanity. It bores a deep hole on the right to life when we are afraid to even breathe the air.

Yet the citizens of the affected countries are left helpless by those who could have plugged this horrendous environmental curse.

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