Unhealthy readings

The Haze
Not a picture of the Haze, but anti-mosquito fogging that made me panic and think it was the Haze

How bad can the Haze get? Not half as bad as in Kuala Lumpur apparently, but then, things are always worse in Malaysia.

The good thing about the Haze, the worst since 1997-98, is that you can pretty much attribute everything to it.

Not feeling well? The Haze, lah.

Not getting your work done? The Haze, lah.

The boss on your case? The Haze, lah.

Not having a good day? The Haze, lah.

It got so bad yesterday and today that Harrah’s and Keppel Land pulled their bid for the Sentosa Integrated Resort, some schoolkids had food poisoning, and the Prime Minister asked for “responsible journalism which will help improve the lives of people”.

It is downright awful to be outdoors today – the PSI peaked at 130 at 10am this morning, a reading the NEA describes as ‘unhealthy’, and that it causes, among other things:

transient symptoms of irritation eg. eye irritation, sneezing or coughing in some of the healthy population.

Then I saw on the NEA’s website, a link to a ‘Haze Action Plan‘ page, and I thought, cool, we’re saved, they’re gonna do something about the Haze. But it’s not a page about what they’re gonna do about the Haze. It’s a page about what you, the general population, need to do after you have read the NEA’s PSI readings for the day – like staying indoors all day to check the NEA website for the PSI reading of the day.

So what’s being done about the source of the Haze, you indoor readers may well ask?

CNN reported that:

The fire chief in the Sumatran provincial capital of Palembang said his team of 20 men and three trucks were working nonstop, with villagers also helping the fight.

This alarmed me until I read later that more than 200 firefighters in West Kalimantan were trying to douse the fires, which, according to the Singapore Met Service, currently number around 200 in both Kalimantan and Sumatra. That’s slightly under one fire for each firefighter, and that’s pretty much manageable, cos I’ve put out several fires in my lifetime myself.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of We Didn’t Start The Fire from the album “Greatest Hits Vol. III” by Billy Joel of which I have the original CD.

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  1. During one of my outfields once, we accidently caused a major fire(don’t ask me how). The fire began as a smoke screen(from smoke bombs) which slowly spread to the whole region… We were activated to put out the fire using every possible tools and resources at our disposal. But even with all the water from our jerry cans, and the 2l in our water bottles, the fire managed to beat us and half the hill was cleared of vegetation. One thing to note is that of course we’re not firefighters, just men in green πŸ™‚

  2. During one of my outfields once, we accidently caused a major fire(don’t ask me how). The fire began as a smoke screen(from smoke bombs) which slowly spread to the whole region… We were activated to put out the fire using every possible tools and resources at our disposal. But even with all the water from our jerry cans, and the 2l in our water bottles, the fire managed to beat us and half the hill was cleared of vegetation. One thing to note is that of course we’re not firefighters, just men in green πŸ™‚

  3. During one of my outfields once, we accidently caused a major fire(don’t ask me how). The fire began as a smoke screen(from smoke bombs) which slowly spread to the whole region… We were activated to put out the fire using every possible tools and resources at our disposal. But even with all the water from our jerry cans, and the 2l in our water bottles, the fire managed to beat us and half the hill was cleared of vegetation. One thing to note is that of course we’re not firefighters, just men in green πŸ™‚

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