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Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla: Haze problem is wind’s fault

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla: Haze problem is wind’s fault

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It is beyond Indonesia’s control.


Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla blamed the wind for spreading the haze to neighbouring countries, saying it was something beyond Indonesia’s control.

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) CEO summit on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Kalla said: “I’m so sorry to Malaysia and Singapore to say that we cannot control the wind. We don’t want the haze to go everywhere. (It happened) not because we want it to (affect) our neighbours, but because of the wind.”

Kalla was asked during a question-and-answer session what challenges the Indonesian government faces in stamping out the yearly haze brought on by farmers slashing and burning farmland in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

He acknowledged that it was a “big problem” that had affected the region.

To tackle it, his government had worked to restore the forests in Indonesia that had disappeared rapidly due to logging, he said.

Kalla said the problem would likely persist next year, but was hopeful that it would not be as serious.

He also reiterated his previous remarks about the “10 months” of good weather enjoyed by Indonesia’s neighbours, quipping: “Ten months every year, the good weather goes to our neighbours. You enjoyed it, we did not ask you to pay for it. But if there’s some bad problem, it is our problem to the region too.”

This is a real article published in The Straits Times on Nov. 18, 2015.