Innocent victims

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 October, 1997, 12:00am

After reading the report headlined, 'Peasants torch more land in Borneo' (South China Morning Post, October 2), I could not help but feel concerned about the fires raging there.

I am surprised that the fires have lasted for such a long time and surprised at how they spread out of control. They have been disastrous, spreading pollution all over Indonesia and affecting other countries in Southeast Asia, killing some people and putting the lives of many others at risk. I feel sorry for the families affected, because the Indonesian Government is not responding in a responsible way to these fires.

Over the next few years, the health of many people will deteriorate, because of the polluted air which they had to inhale. These are innocent people who did not do anything to make this disaster happen.

The Indonesian Government has to act. Farmers must try to use better and more efficient techniques to clear the land for planting than the slash and burn techniques that could see more fires next year.

I hope that people around the world will think more about the environment, for we are ruining our planet for future generations.