Who says the haze has gone?

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  • Sunday, 21 Aug 2005

Sunday Star says... 

ON Friday, reports said the haze that recently shrouded various parts of the country could be back by Monday. But as soon as those reports were issued, the Klang Valley was among the locations that saw some return of the haze. 

That testifies to the variable nature of the haze problem, which seems largely determined by arbitrary wind direction.  

Numerous forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan are still blazing, despite clampdowns and firefighting efforts. The real problem lies in the lack of sound forest management policies, particularly in Indonesia. Education alone is not enough to prevent wilful fires, because it lacks the bite of tough law enforcement.  

Neighbouring countries like Malaysia can help with cloud seeding and firefighters, but that assistance also entitles Malaysia to criticise the lack of responsible behaviour in Indonesia. The alternative to effective curbs on these fires is too disturbing to consider. 

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