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Like as in any other foreign countries, Singapore’s law is not applicable in Indonesia, said the Indonesia’s vice-president Jusuf Kalla in his latest media release. The Indonesia VP said that he will not allow his Indonesian citizens to be prosecuted under Singapore’s laws.

“If there is an offence, Singapore can (prosecute), but the offence happened in Indonesia.”

VP Jusuf Kalla was responding to the Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA)’s prosecution from a Singapore court warrant, against an unnamed director of an Indonesia-based firm suspected to be linked to the forest fire in Indonesia. According to Singapore, the director was prosecuted because he failed to turn up for an interview arranged by NEA.

Every year between September and October, Singapore is shrouded in hazardous hazy conditions because of the monsoon wind carrying the smoke from the forest fire in Singapore’s direction. Following public pressure, the Singapore government enacted the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (THPA) to prosecute against companies using illegal forest-clearing methods like burning. Despite being enacted 2 years ago in 2014, the THPA has not prosecuted any company and have largely being a paper tiger when the haze returned in 2015.