27 August 2016
IT has been almost a year since one of the most severe cases of transboundary haze hit the region. The haze, which was estimated to have cost Indonesia about US$16 billion (RM64 billion), was the first since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took office in 2014.
Pressure has been high on Indonesia, and Jokowi’s administration has taken measures to resolve the issue ever since. Notwithstanding some progress, the recurrence of forest and land fires and the resultant haze in the last few decades still cast doubts over Indonesia’s earnestness and effectiveness in combating this pollution.
… The writer is a senior analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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Last updated on 29/08/2016