Annual haze

Kompas – October 15, 2014
Annual haze

A month after Indonesia ratified the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution – supposedly a turning point in ending the annual haze problems that create havoc in Indonesia and neighboring Singapore and Malaysia – massive forest fires are again generating thick haze in Riau and other parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The police and courts meanwhile, continue to prosecute small-scale farmers while ignoring or handing down lenient sentences against big plantation companies that start most of the fires.