I’ve been in Penang for seven and a half years. The haze situation this year is the worst I have seen.
My plants are suffering. It has rained a lot, which has helped them. But just one day without rain and some plants look so sick. After I water their foliage they look better.
Mostly I stay inside. I notice if I go outside for any length of time – including driving – my brain feels gummed up. I can’t think straight, and react slowly.
The newspapers say Indonesian farmers are responsible, if I understand correctly, as burning is the cheapest way to clear jungle or old palm oil plantations. Is this true? This has happened for years and governments appear to have achieved nothing.
Perhaps a few people should get together, check how to sue those responsible. If this is possible, then hire someone to get the evidence, and sue the people the evidence shows to be responsible. The damages are huge – the population of Singapore, and the west coast of Malaysia are all suffering.
If there are people who are demonstrably sick, and if any company in Indonesia also has a presence in Malaysia, I would have thought they could sue the company under common law. I imagine Indonesia is civil law, but Malaysia is common law.
Today is Sunday. Outside nothing is moving. It’s very quiet and eerie. Just the haze.