Indonesian minister says Singapore ‘behaving like a child’ over haze; will only accept financial aid if it is a large sum

Inquirer.net, 20 Jun 2013
JAKARTA – Indonesia on Thursday accused Singapore of “behaving like a child” by complaining about severe haze from raging forest fires on Sumatra island that has cloaked the city-state.
“Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise,” Agung Laksono, the minister who is coordinating Indonesia’s response to the haze crisis, told reporters in Jakarta.
“This is not what the Indonesian nation wants, it is because of nature.”
The minister for people’s welfare also said Jakarta would reject any offer of financial aid from Singapore unless it was a large amount.
“Unless (Singapore) wants to give us a large amount, we won’t consider accepting it,” he said. “If it is only half a million, or one million dollars, we don’t need that. We would rather use our own national budget.” Full story

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