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11. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i agree with hien i dont think govt is coverin it up i mean come on, it's so obvious it cant be covered up

this haze is killin uncomfortable. hopefully more rain and it'll go away soon

in the mean time buy a mask y'all

12. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cabinet move to hide pollution readings hailed as "a stunningly wise decision"

KUALA LUMPUR, August 8 . . . . Loyal, patriotic Malaysians throughout the country today warmly welcomed the Cabinet decision not to reveal air pollution index (API) figures as hazy conditions linked to fires in Indonesia return. The cabinet made this stunningly wise decision last Wednesday so as not to "drive away the tourists."

"It is a stunningly wise decision," said fruit-seller Abdullah bin Bodek as he was being wheeled into the respiratory diseases ward of the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital with a sudden asthmatic attack. "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise, that's what I say," he wheezed. "What I don't know won't hurt me."

A patient in the lung cancer ward, Mr A Ampusamy, also hailed the government decision. "It is a stunningly wise decision," he remarked, choking on his phlegm. "These foreign tourists bring in lots of money. The Cabinet decision highlights the fact that our government cares only for the one thing that is really important to pragmatic Malaysians - MONEY - not silly, worthless things like health, truth and the environment."

Mr Lim Ah Beng added that the decision would help local businesses contribute to Malaysia's economic recovery. "It will allow local entrepreneurs to venture into new products and services," said Mr Lim, who owns a company marketing face masks, air purifyers and medical insurance.

Tourists interviewed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport also welcomed the stunningly wise decision. "I was, of course, initially quite concerned with news reports of the fires in Indonesia and the resulting haze in Malaysia," said Mr G Soros from Hungary. "But as soon as the Malaysian government refused to disclose air pollution figures, I immediately knew that everything was alright. It was a stunningly wise decision."

Mr A Gore from Los Angeles said the decision reflected on the lengths with which Malaysians were willing to go to to make tourists feel at home. "I thought I was flying to a country where there were clear, blue skies and clean, fresh air - I was quite worried that I would miss the polluted, choking smog of downtown LA. But now, it feels just like home. Thank you, Malaysia!"

He added that the haze had the potential for creating even more tourist attractions for Fascinating Malaysia. "For example, due to low visibility, there was this amazing plane crash at runway 2 the morning I arrived. It was spectacular - and very entertaining."

Another tourist refused comment. "Go away. I'm here to recolonise the country."

Even Opposition party supporters welcomed the stunningly wise decision. "I and thousands others were tear-gassed by police during demonstrations in the streets of Kuala Lumpur last September," said Mr A Ibrahim from his Sungai Buloh prison cell. "I commend the government for demonstrating its sense of fairness by effectively tear-gassing the whole country with this stunningly wise decision."

Mr N A Razak, a senior educationist, felt the decision would address the government's concerns about falling academic standards among Malay undergraduates. "With all the smoke out there, students will be forced to stay indoors and study. This shows great foresight by the government - it is a stunningly wise decision."

Mr Razak added that he expected the number of Malay first class honours degree holders to increase next year as a result of the decision - especially from the medical faculties.

Sports enthusiast Mr M Lembik said that the worsening haze conditions would be a great boon for Malaysian football, alluding specifically to Malaysia's humiliating 6-0 soccer defeat to Indonesia last month. "We can now easily blame it on the haze. God knows we've blamed everything else."

Mr Lembik suggested the decision not to reveal the API figures should be emulated in the sports arena. "The next time we lose 6-0 to somebody, we don't have to tell the whole world about it. It might drive away the tourists."

"Similarly, stock market indices, ringgit exchange rates and even election results can be similarly undisclosed, if they can be used by foreigners out to recolonise us and threaten the stability and unity of our great, free, democratic country," Lembik said, breaking down in tears.



ok, i'm the crazy one that said the government is covering up. guilty as charged, that's me. i'm the weirdo. i'm the one who read the papers and post silly things in this forum. i must be on drugs.

13. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Umm... how is the government keeping quiet when it closed schools, made public the Air Polution Index, and declared a state of emergency on two districts at the coastal area nearest to Indonesia?

i plead for insanity.

14. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting zanif

Umm... how is the government keeping quiet when it closed schools, made public the Air Polution Index, and declared a state of emergency on two districts at the coastal area nearest to Indonesia?

i plead for insanity.

I don't see any relations of the quote with the news article, apart from the haze.

The local news had been reporting about the haze (due to forest fires outside KL) from the moment it started towards the end of last week.

I looked around CNN and BBC websites early this week, and found virtually nothing about the haze. I think they did not cover the story because it involved only the Klang Valley (KL and surrounding areas), unlike previously where it affects a majority part of Malaysia and Singapore. It was only one or two days ago when things started to really get bad that BBC and CNN carried the news. CNN did not even have a "hazy" forecast for KL in its hourly weather report at that time.

In the news article, the Briton said he found no news about the haze. He probably had only checked the news from the UK and not the Malaysian local news, as I believe very few would actually do that.

The Arab said no one mentioned about this. Well, no one knew that it would turn this bad until a few days ago. And who was supposed to tell the tourists? I think the travel industry players should do that. No government would announce to the tourists around the world not to go to their country simply because there is minor haze from the local peat and forest fires.


[ Edit: typo ]

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