The Jakarta Post
Your comments on the ratification of a decade-old regional haze treaty by the House of Representatives, following pressure from neighboring countries over forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan:
This is only one of many steps to protect our forests and the people of neighboring countries.
Mohammed Rainer Jamaal
By doing this, Indonesia is moving toward being an environmentally friendly country, although
this is only a small step on a long journey.
Zhang Jin Long
It's better now than never right? Even though it's a little too late to ratify it, at least they did, which not only saves forests but us too.
Why? Forest fires are equal to burning trees, which is equal to more carbon dioxide.
Rainier Virya Mangala
I happened to be in Kuala Lumpur this weekend. Visibility here is bad too since I arrived yesterday, from the Riau forest fires of course.
When will this yearly affair ever end? When can we ever have something good and exemplary originating from Indonesia?
It's taken us years to deal with the cause of this haze, which has devastated our neighbors Singapore and Malaysia.
Having once been a transmigration officer in Lampung, I made some inquiries among colleagues into our seemingly fire-prone forests.
But I still only partly know why these fires are occurring.
Successive Indonesian governments have shamelessly ignored the real cause of these fires that have caused so much inconvenience to all, including our closest neighbors Singapore and Malaysia.
With the use of cheap drones, we will be able to record activities that can be considered the causes of forest fires.
We conveniently blame oil palm planters, when the real culprits are nobody but our own undisciplined citizens, the habits of which we cannot, or dare not, control.
With our new government, let us solve this problem once and for all. We must find a way to educate our indigenous populations (whoever they are) about the real culture of farming.
Once and for all let us solve this problem without delay, for the good of all concerned.
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