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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Last Friday, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto shared shocking info re Riau’s haze that has impacted Singapore and Malaysia @leehsienloong @SBYudhoyono
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Turns out, 53% of the haze was caused by some plantation companies based in Singapore. | @webbmedia @BenLaMothe
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These companies are Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) and Sinar Mas | @BenLaMothe @MacDivaONA @jayrosen_nyu @LaurenMichelleM
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Reportedly, majority of the hotspots are in areas owned by APRIL and Sinar plantations | @10000Words @McKennaEwen @webjournalist
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In addition, there is a company called First Resources listed in Singapore which also owns 158 k hectares of palm oil plantation | @amonck
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Most of First Resources plantations are in Riau, the rest are spread across West and East Kalimantan | @suzanneyada @lavrusik @alexgamela
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Not long after the news broke, Singaporean authorities were shocked. | @amygahran @bydanielvictor @dangillmor @danielbachhuber
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They could not believe that a number of Singaporean companies have been exporting Riau’s haze to their own country | @davidwestphal @ehelm
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Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan told AFP:--
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--"That Indonesian government placed commercial interest above environment". @Digidave @ellynangelotti @ericasmith @gmarkham @greglinch
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"During all this time, Indonesia has allowed commercial interests override environmental concerns," he added. @Hermida @howardowens @macloo
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But after the release of Kuntoro’s statement, strong accusations by Singaporean authorities towards Indonesia gradually decreased.
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K Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law stated that there would be no legal assistance--
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He said that international trade law limits government to assist companies that operate in Singapore | @jeffjarvis @Journerdism @ksablan
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--or exemption to those responsible for the forest fire.
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Shanmugam has asked the Attorney General to investigate the case. “We will do the best that we could, added Shanmugam.
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So, now you know that the haze exporters to Singapore are actually Singaporean companies themselves. | @markbriggs @meranduh @newmediajim
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Regardless, @SBYudhoyono has instructed & sent additional 1,400 disaster officials, soldiers, cops & civil servants to the affected areas.
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The latest update from Riau: heavy rains occurred yesterday (25/6) around 17.00pm
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Heavy rains reported in Kampar, Pelalawan, Bengkalis and other areas.
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Stay tuned on further news updates from BNPB. Everything will be just fine. Thanks for following my tweet.

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