I am in a perplexed state of mind now that the haze episode is making a comeback with a vengeance in Sarawak. It has been a few days that we are experiencing this 'smog' invasion in Kuching. We are all helpless and can do no more than just watch it descend on us.
So their Standard of Life is more of a priority than their Quality of Life (health deterioration from inhaling smoke). Wait are those two not the same thing? In this case I guess not. Imagine having to breath those "God Knows What ingredients are inside that Smoke" which can affect your health. Its a wonder to find out what people actually would do without thinking of the future implications. Its called "instant gratification" - today I burn the land and tomorrow I will grow rich from it. They miss out the point that "today I burn the land, so that I can spend the money on buying lung related disease medications" approach.
So there's only one thing to do during this haze episode when going out can be pretty hazardous to your health - have fun and just joke about it, as demonstrated by my colleague, Dr. Lawrence Tseu, who happens to be one of our senior boss. His recommendation would be to laugh the Haze away and I guess I would just do that. What elese can we do anyway?
For those who are at a loss - I know the business people are grumbling as Kuching City is rather abandoned as most people do not want to walk in the streets - take Dr. Lawrence's advice. On the health aspect which is if you do have to go out there and struggle along the streets just to buy something, my advice is - use a decent mask. Breathing this stuff twenty four hours a day non stop can be pretty risky and unhealthy - of course you already know that. But a good mask will be something that you feel comfortable with.
Not this mask but if it can get me that close to Catherine Zeta - I won't mind at all
Mask that is of international recognition - must have some serial number to make you feel safe and confident of using. Here Dr. Lawrence shows the mask he is using.
So that's it. Come and jingle with me before we sign off for today. Its called This Haze:
This Haze This Haze
I woke up one morning and said "What The Blaze?"
Dusts on my furnitures spoiling its Glaze
Breathing this air puts my mind in a Maze
Why Am I not Amazed
I can't even enjoy my Evening Laze
With this visionary sights of blurry Daze
They Call it the Farmers' Raze
I'd Love to call it The Farmers' Craze
This Haze This Haze
If that won't make the haze go away - last effort is to pray hard. So see you at Church people!
Is personal liberty so cheap in M'sia that you can go to jail indefinitely for starting a fire???
The Indons can burn as much as they want. Sarawak is no different either, the fires go on there as well. Let's just hope, Malaysians and Indonesians do not decide to burn all year round for the next 5 years.
It is happening. I mean, I can still remember when "Haze" wasn't a word in our vocabulary.
I have gone to the dr twice for the past two weeks!
Every year for the last 10 years, the Malay archipelago has been burning; If you want to blame someone, be prepared to accept that the fault is closer to Home. Everyone wants licenses for plantations, Mills, shipping, etc, etc
You just have to be patient,in another 10 years, there will be no forests to burn. In the meantime, It's not so bad is it ?? The Haze only lasts a couple of months for 2-3 times a year.
In Bolehland and IndahNesia anything is possible. Don't worry, be happy :-)
Enjoy your time off. I hope normality is restored and everything improves soon. Fingers crossed.
totally agreed with you... when I was living in Perlis (the largest sugar producer in the country), they used to burn the sugarcane plantation during harvest time...
it is us too, Malaysians.... totally agreed but then again, an easier scapegoat will be some indons...
let's shoot them! HAhahaahaha! LOL