A Letter to the President of the Republic of Indonesia
October 9, 2015
President Joko Widono,
Dear Mr President,
We are writing to you and your administration regarding the severe haze situation in Phuket island, southern Thailand. The haze situation now on our island has developed into hazardous level. The clear blue sky became poisonous grey.
The haze has severely affected our people's health conditions and we can see the growing number of illness among people, mostly in the elderly, in respiratory infections. Many flights were delayed due to the very bad visibility, causing thousands of passengers and tourists to miss their international connections to flights.
But at the worst, many of us could not have a normal happy life.Children have to keep out of the classroom, while many outdoor activities have been cancelled.
Phuket island has regularly been affected by haze from Indonesia but this is the worst ever haze situation. It seemed the annual burning over the logging plots became traditional in Indonesia, which always was always considered a domestic issue for a very long time. Since you are incapable ofr keeping smoke in your territory, the haze problem became an international issue, which you and your administration need to focus and set as an urgent priority.
We must inform you that your haze problem has been such a threat to the global environment and mankind. Ignoring this haze problem would have been unavoidably framed you committing crime to your own people and to your neighbors.
Thailand and Indonesia always enjoy a strong, positive relationship. Towards AEC which is on the way in a few months ahead, we are holding hands to strengthen our partnership to collaborate in many aspects for providing a better life for our people.
Do not let the smoke destroy our solid and long term trust.
You must put more effort, people and resources to extinguish the fire, to reduce the smoke and to show the world and your friends like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand that you have put all possible efforts and resources to make the situation better.
Show the world your commitment to solve the haze problem.
Show your people you are the hero they can really rely on.
Show your friends, you are the friend indeed.
We stand ready to support in any way we can and hope this letter triggers your attention at some point.
The People of Phuket island, Thailand.