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Please stop the air pollution now! We deserve clean air.

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The "slash and burn" technique used by irresponsible corporations in Indonesia, mainly Sumatra and Kalimantan regions, to clear their plantations have caused serious air pollution to the South East Asian region for the past few years. It is affecting at least 5 countries: Brunei, Southern Thailand, and mainly Malaysia, Singapore and even some parts of Indonesia. 

PSI level has reached VERY UNHEALTHY level at 249 in Singapore (Gmt +8: 9:25pm, 14th september 2015). This is based on 3 hours average. Can you imagine the actual hourly PSI level?

We, as fellow inhabitants in this region, deserve the right to live in an environment with clean, unpolluted air! As we know, PM 2.5 particles (present in haze) breach our body defenses and penetrate deeply into the alveoli of the lungs and may even enter the blood stream. It can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat in healthy individuals and may trigger asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or heart failure.

Breathing highly polluted air, suffering in silence and seeing our loved ones suffering from respiratory illnesses due to this haze is not an option for us, Indonesians, Malaysians and Singaporeans!

Not forgetting the millions of animals and insects that might have died or are suffering from the haze. They do not enjoy an environment that is indoors and can shield them from the haze unlike human beings.

After all that the Earth has given and nourished humanity, we do not cherish our resources but instead, we destroy the environment all for the sake of money and profits.

The government of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia should do more to address this issue. They ought to mete out harsher punishments, and let us know who exactly are the perpetrators, in order to eradicate this problem once and for all.

This SHOULD NOT be forgotten after the fires have been put out because we will only witness the same haze issue coming back YEAR AFTER YEAR when these corporations repeat their irresponsible "slash and burn" practices!

It is true that corporations may not be the only one responsible for this air pollution, but they can be the leaders together with the governments to turn the situation around. Simply due to their size and the resources available to them, large companies make a much greater impact and influence when they switch to responsible as well as sustainable practices.

Please, we urge our fellow Asean friends, Singaporeans, Malaysians and Indonesians to rally together for this cause; to fight for our basic living rights: to breathe CLEAN AND UNPOLLUTED AIR, and enjoy our beautiful clear blue skies once again!

For the supporters, please spread this message and let us garner more support. 100 signatures is a default suggestion, so don't worry, we can definitely achieve more than that!

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