22 Jun '13, 12pm

How corruption is fuelling Singapore's haze: Eco-Business *rainforest ecocide to leave barren hell behind

Jakarta - Record-high air pollution hit Singapore and Malaysia this week, as winds blew smoke northward from forest fires raging in Sumatra, western Indonesia. Demands from the city-state that Indonesia take tougher action prompted retorts by officials who said Singapore was ‘behaving like children’ and sought to shift blame to companies in Singapore and Malaysia. But the barb trading over the haze, an annual annoyance that often strains relations between Singapore and Indonesia, overlooks one of the major causes of the burning – corruption. Observers here say rent-seeking local leaders and corporations are taking advantage of lax law enforcement and murky regulations to continue clearing forests as an increasingly rapid rate. Indeed, as it became clear that the bulk of the burning was taking place in Riau province, analysts were quick to point out that the governor there ...

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