The number of hot spots in Indonesia are in the region of 200 to 400. The yearly haze will be back, it is just a matter of time that the wind will blow our way. How bad it will be depends on the political will of Indonesia and her affected neighbours. Most of the time from past experience it is more noise from all sides than concrete action.
So is our nation lungs more important or nation pride ? When the haze hit us, more than 5 million lungs are at stake. Not forgetting that of tourists which number more than 1 million per month, plus all the fauna and flora on this little red dot, I would think our govt should give more priority to the haze issue now before it hit us. Making noise after we are hit is too little too late.
Yes, our pride is bruised by our neighbour insensitivity in naming their warships. But then LKY placed flowers on the terrorists grave. At least the Japanese political leaders pay respect to their own citizens whom commit war crimes. But here we have our own political leader paying respect to terrorists from other country who killed our citizens. So what to make of it ?
Besides, our PAP leaders love to say "let's move on" when they make mistakes. What are they going to do now ? Force Indonesia into a corner with economical sanction ? If they want to do such thing, I rather they implement it because of the haze to save all our lungs.
S'pore would be viewed as a 'hero' as we save not only our lungs but that of other affected countries, plus those lungs belonging to ordinary citizens in Indonesia. Take tough action where it matters and have the grace to accept apology. Make the right political move to benefit the citizens.
Bruise pride does not kill us, but those minute haze particles which
could be inhaled can cause cancer. And we have been inhaling it for
decades due to our incompetent govt.