Imaginary Dialogue between Indonesia and Singapore on Smog Crisis

A little levity for a serious situation, inspired by coverage here. See here for background on Singapore’s smog crisis and its origins in Indonesia.

Singapore: Stop it.
Indonesia: No, YOU stop being a baby.
Singapore: We’re serious, do something.
Indonesia: It’s nature’s fault.
Singapore: No it’s not. They’re your plantations.
Indonesia: They’re your investors.
Singapore: How about if we give you money?
Indonesia: No thanks, unless you mean a lot of money.
Singapore: Let’s ask ASEAN to help.


Indonesia: You’re all right, Singapore.

Historical note: We had some experience with smog like this when we were in Kuala Lumpur in 2005.

A picture of smog and haze from Indonesian forest fires, taken from outside our window in Kuala Lumpur on 8/8/2005.