Warning: Long rant ahead.
I was damn pissed off when I saw the news article about the Indonesian minister saying that Singapore is behaving like a child.
“Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise,” Agung Laksono, the minister coordinating Indonesia’s response, told reporters. “This is not what the Indonesian nation wants, it is because of nature.”
Firstly, I think Agung Laksono needs to go back to elementary school. The forest fire is not nature. It is man made. If Indonesia school can’t give the minister good education, feel free to enroll into one of the schools in Singapore.
And Singapore is not behaving like a child. We are voicing our concerns and urging Indonesia to do something about the recurring issue. This is not the first year such thing happen. Instead of admitting that the Indonesia Government failed in preventing farmers from practicing slash and burn, Agung Laksono behaved like a child by shifting the blame. Shame on you. And shame on the people who voted for you during election.
Agung Laksono has forgotten that Singapore is always among the first to render assistance to Indonesia whenever Earthquake or Tsunami strikes. Has he forgotten about the Aceh during the 2004 Tsunami, Nias Island during the 2005 Sumatra Earthquake, 2006 Central Java Earthquake and Padang City during the 2009 Sumatra Earthquake? Singapore is always there to render Indonesia assistance during disaster. Now Singapore just need you to act fast put out the fire in your forest. Are we behaving like a child?
Let me tell Agung Laksono what exact does behaving like a child look like. Behaving like a child is when the people of Singapore gather outside your Indonesia Embassy in Singapore to protest. Behaving like a child is when we burn your Indonesia flag in anger. Behaving like a child is when Indonesia get another Earthquake of Tsunami and Singapore refuse to render any humanitarian assistance.
So unless we do those thing, don’t you come say we are behaving like a child. We have been very good to you. Singapore (together with Malaysia) have given Indonesia too much time to resolve the slash and burn. If Agung Laksono can’t solve the issue, then maybe he should resign and let a more capable person take over. Don’t waste Indonesian taxpayers’ money.