Okay, I am not affected here. Here I am sitting in my dark room listening to Turin Brakes, with the window open and the cool dark summer air of London blowing in and I am blogging about some haze. Pollution is almost nil here (apart from the London Underground which is worse than haze).
'Haze!' was part of the headline on many Malaysian bloggers on the PetalingStreet.org database. Many has sought to comfort themselves by blaming that other country (Indonesia). I swear I can smell the burning ashes through my monitor while reading the many PPS pings.
While true enough that the haze, currently being experienced by lucky and affluent Malaysians, originated from that other country; are we forgetting what happened in 2003 when a Malaysian company was found guilty of allowing fires to start at its plantations in Riau circa 1999/2000?
Of course it is possible that no Malaysian companies were involved this time round, but I find that excruciatingly hard to believe. Since when did we have innocent companies who operate out of a goodwill heart? It is all about profit and the only way they (the plantation owners) can do a quick one is the easiest way - slash and burn.
Even Malaysian companies.
But maybe it is easier just to blame those other people.