Singapore companies sent haze back to their country

Last Friday, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto shared shocking info re Riau’s haze that has impacted Singapore and Malaysia. Not long after the news broke, Singaporean authorities were shocked. They could not believe that a number of Singaporean companies have been exporting Riau’s haze to their own country.
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Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Last Friday, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto shared shocking info re Riau’s haze that has impacted Singapore and Malaysia @leehsienloong @SBYudhoyono

26/06/2013 16:13:38 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Turns out, 53% of the haze was caused by some plantation companies based in Singapore. | @webbmedia @BenLaMothe

26/06/2013 16:17:15 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

These companies are Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) and Sinar Mas | @BenLaMothe @MacDivaONA @jayrosen_nyu @LaurenMichelleM

26/06/2013 16:19:38 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Reportedly, majority of the hotspots are in areas owned by APRIL and Sinar plantations | @10000Words @McKennaEwen @webjournalist

26/06/2013 16:22:00 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

In addition, there is a company called First Resources listed in Singapore which also owns 158 k hectares of palm oil plantation | @amonck

26/06/2013 16:23:25 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Most of First Resources plantations are in Riau, the rest are spread across West and East Kalimantan | @suzanneyada @lavrusik @alexgamela

26/06/2013 16:24:58 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Not long after the news broke, Singaporean authorities were shocked. | @amygahran @bydanielvictor @dangillmor @danielbachhuber

26/06/2013 16:26:38 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

They could not believe that a number of Singaporean companies have been exporting Riau’s haze to their own country | @davidwestphal @ehelm

26/06/2013 16:29:48 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan told AFP:--

26/06/2013 16:33:56 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

--"That Indonesian government placed commercial interest above environment". @Digidave @ellynangelotti @ericasmith @gmarkham @greglinch

26/06/2013 16:34:20 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

"During all this time, Indonesia has allowed commercial interests override environmental concerns," he added. @Hermida @howardowens @macloo

26/06/2013 16:38:19 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

But after the release of Kuntoro’s statement, strong accusations by Singaporean authorities towards Indonesia gradually decreased.

26/06/2013 16:39:50 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

K Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law stated that there would be no legal assistance--

26/06/2013 16:46:14 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

He said that international trade law limits government to assist companies that operate in Singapore | @jeffjarvis @Journerdism @ksablan

26/06/2013 16:47:58 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

--or exemption to those responsible for the forest fire.

26/06/2013 16:47:03 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Shanmugam has asked the Attorney General to investigate the case. “We will do the best that we could, added Shanmugam.

26/06/2013 16:49:01 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

So, now you know that the haze exporters to Singapore are actually Singaporean companies themselves. | @markbriggs @meranduh @newmediajim

26/06/2013 16:49:42 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Regardless, @SBYudhoyono has instructed & sent additional 1,400 disaster officials, soldiers, cops & civil servants to the affected areas.

26/06/2013 16:52:10 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

The latest update from Riau: heavy rains occurred yesterday (25/6) around 17.00pm

26/06/2013 16:54:51 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Heavy rains reported in Kampar, Pelalawan, Bengkalis and other areas.

26/06/2013 16:55:10 WIB
Widya Raka @WidyaRakaS

Stay tuned on further news updates from BNPB. Everything will be just fine. Thanks for following my tweet.

26/06/2013 16:55:44 WIB

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