As you may or may not know (read the news guys, come on), Singapore is engulfed in a thick haze due to forest fires in Sumatra Island, both caused by the hot season and men setting the forests on fire for land clearing. Unfortunately for Indonesia’s neighbouring countries, the South-West monsoon wind has blown the smoke from these fires to Singapore and Malaysia, polluting the air with smoke and blurring the vicinity of nearby buildings.
So without further ado, here are the 6 types of people you will meet during the haze crisis:
1. The ones who are always updating you about the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) level
“Eh PSI 390 already leh!“.
“That PSI 390 is just 3-hour average you know! It might have reached way beyond 900 you never know!“
“Siau liao, PSI over 400. We’re all going to die I tell you“
My guess? They don’t even know what PSI stands for.
2. The ones who use anything (and I mean anything) to protect themselves from the haze
This is despite various news and studies showing that the particles in this haze are of 2.5 micrometers or smaller, and hence only N95 masks are effective right now. This is what you should be wearing:
However, these are what people are doing/wearing:
I hope you grip them fingers so tight 2.5 micrometers particles can’t get through.
This is not only useless, but if I lose my purse and I see you on the streets, I’m most likely going to suspect you and ask people to chase after you.
Nope, putting on a few more layers doesn’t make your “mask” any better. Also, this is so dangerous.
I don’t even know what to say. But my dear girl, if you don’t have N95 mask, at least you have a sense of humour.
3. The ones who still have the time (and the extra lungs) to snap a picture
5 minutes later on their Instagrams…
#singaporehaze #haze #fuck #Indonesia #government #blur #instadaily #me #statigram #instamood #picoftheday #instago #igers #nofilter #instagramhub #iphoneonly #webstagram #tweegram #bored #igdaily #amazing #instagramers #instalove #best #nature #likeforlike #followforfollow #commentforcomment #cute #chio
4. The ones with a sense of humour
Definitely what we need in light of the gloomy situation we are in (no pun intended).
5. The Singaporeans who blame the Indonesia government fully
While I concede that Indonesia government has a big part to play, you have to understand that we are talking about a huge plot of land in the middle of one of the thousands of forests in Indonesia. Do you know how hard it is to monitor who these culprits are?
Besides, I’m sure this cannot be done single-handedly (it can’t be just farmers trying to clear plots of land), and that there must have been some big and renowned companies that are involved as well. However, let me remind you again that the media is only publishing what the people want to read. I have read a few news that point fingers at certain big companies in Indonesia, but I couldn’t help but notice the political intention behind it.
The sad thing is when rumours become the truth and we live the rest of our lives believing the lies told by the media. Don’t believe everything you read, folks!
6. The Indonesians who express their hatred towards their own government
I think you are the worst. Being an Indonesian, I am sure you have a better understanding about your country’s limitations and where this problem stems from. While I don’t expect you to defend the Indonesia government, you have to at least give a balanced viewpoint and not blame your government completely.
Your country is in a crisis and everyone is condemning your beloved land. Indonesia doesn’t need more people like you to jeer at her.
Ing ngarso sung tulodo, ing madyo mangun karso, tut wuri handayani.
Meaning: Be a good example when you’re leading, show a good spirit when you’re in the middle, give a good support when you’re behind.
Your country needs you, Indonesians.