The smog hanging over Johor and Singapore has reached unhealthy levels, with Muar posting an alarming hazardous reading of 383 at 11.00am.

Imaage: DOE Malaysia

Image: DOE Malaysia

According to the Department of the Environment’s classification, an Air Pollutant Index reading of more than 300 is deemed hazardous.

In Singapore, the PSI reading at 12.00pm was 169 – 196, an unhealthy level.

This is another grim reminder that we ignore the envionment in pursuit of development at our peril.

We cannot pin all the blame for the smog on Indonesia. Who exactly is responsible for the open burning in Indonesia? The big plantation firms or the smallholders? And how many of them are Malaysian-owned?