Saturday, August 19, 2006


I forgot to mention in the previous post (Choo Choo Train), about the haze that was evident on the way down to Tenom. For part of the journey as we neared Tenom I noticed that the mountains were becoming gradually more indistinct. At times they appeared as little more than shadows through the haze. This is a big problem in Sabah at the minute. Open burning on the Oil Palm plantations in neighbouring Sarawak and Kalimantan is the cause. In Sarawak the haze is so bad that it has reached the level of being a public health hazard. It is more ammunition for the protesters against Palm Oil. I read in the paper that the Indonesian and Malaysian governments are so worried about western protesters that they have set up a 1,000,000 Euro fund to fight them.

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