The haze and regime change

In Indonesia on 20/06/2013 at 8:09 am

The haze illustrates one gd reason why S’poreans should be careful of regime change. It has unintended consequences.

Since the fall of S’pore’s very gd friend, Suharto, Indonesia has become a very decentralised country and decentralisation is at the root of the haze problem.

The local leaders are responsible for implementing the rules against burning. But they rely on the plantation cos and other businesses to fund their election campaigns. Jakarta and S’pore are faraway places. So burn baby burn.

And the attitude of the Javanese-centric national govt doesn’t help.

Hadi Daryanto attempted to shift some of the blame onto Malaysia and Singapore, saying their palm oil companies that had invested in Indonesia were also responsible.

“We hope the governments of Malaysia and Singapore will tell their investors to adopt proper measures so we can solve this problem together,” he said.

Yet when our ministers, Mr Shanmugam and Dr Balakrishnan, on Tuesday, asked Indonesia to share the names of errant companies involved in illegal burning, the response was a deafening silence.

And in the name of national sovereignty, Indonesia refuses all offers of help from M’sia and S’pore to fight the fires. It even refuses to ratify the 2002 Asean treaty on the matter.

And I’m a bull on Indonesia! There is a disconnect somewhere!

Coming back to regime change. Think carefully before voting for the co-driver (PritamS will be a minister) or Mad Dog (Free medical care). Actually free medical care is a great reason for the elderly to vote for the SDP!

  1. No need to change Papys as core GOV, just make sure Papys has less than 2/3 majority in Parliament. In order not to allow Papys to rubber stamped or bull dosed over us. For more than 50 years already, Singaporeans should wake up by now. Anyway i don’t think Singaporeans are ready to have a completely new GOV. Besides because of the multi-million salary for ministers, we are not sure of the people attracted to be the GOV of Singapore. How to cast your vote wisely, come 2015/2016??? It’s still will be a headache until the salary of ministers are proportional to the working class of the Singaporeans.

  2. Norway’s government pension fund divests from palm oil producers
    Cargill and Temasek Holdings Invest in Palm Plantations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

  3. While I understand the message you are trying to convey, using the Indonesian example rather misses the mark since Singapore is just a small place and we are relatively free of corruption till you hit the higher levels where it get passes off as patronage politics.

  4. For many singaporeans like me the equation is simple – will my life be better than now with PAP staying in total power???
    And like many singaporeans like me, the answer is clear, NO.

    Are we concern that a change of government will leads to a crisis for the country? Maybe.
    But we know that a change in government, or at least tearing PAP strong hold to minimum, provides a posisble fighting chnace that our lives can be better than now.
    With the PAP, for sure our lives & the future generations will get worse.
    This, we have no doubt.

    What we want is simply to have a hope for the future. At this time, there is none to look forward to.

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  6. For around 2 decades PAP has not been able to resolve the haze problem with Indonesian. Shows ineffective leadership. A change could be for the better.

  7. Still don’t see your correlation of regime change with haze improvement?
    Haze has been ongoing since Suharto’s time 20 years ago, and with their change of regime, SBY is no difference.
    And with an unchanging regime like PAP running it, NOTHING change on this topic as clearly seen.
    So what’s your point?

  8. Maybe the co driver and the mad dog will show more teeth.


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