Withdrawal of paper products

Strong message sent in haze fight

The haze around Bugis at 9.30am on Oct 5.
The haze around Bugis at 9.30am on Oct 5.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

I applaud supermarket chains FairPrice, Sheng Siong and Prime Supermarket for pulling Asia Pulp and Paper products off their shelves ("Supermarkets pull plug on haze-linked firm's products"; yesterday).

For the past few years, the haze has affected our lives, increasing our costs in having to buy masks and air-purifiers, and in greater use of the air-conditioner.

People cannot enjoy outdoor activities and outdoor businesses see a drop in business when the haze hits.

Some events have seen last-minute cancellations, causing inconvenience and incurring costs.

Schools even closed for a day this year ("Haze forces closure of schools across S'pore"; Sept 25).

Medical costs also rise, with more people seeking treatment for respiratory and skin problems.

It is good that the supermarket chains have taken a strong stance against a company linked to forest fires in Indonesia causing the haze.

We can join in the fight against the haze by boycotting companies linked to the burning.

Mary Chan Pheck Li (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2015, with the headline 'Strong message sent in haze fight'. Print Edition | Subscribe