Friday, 9 February 2018

Bangkok smog hits dangerous levels, kids asked to stay indoors

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For those going to Bangkok for your holidays, please be informed that the air there is in an unhealthy stage.

Air pollution in the Thai capital has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks with residents complaining of smog and respiratory problems. Some schools were closed yesterday or kept children indoors.

The Pollution Control Department said that at noon yesterday, PM2.5 dust in the Bangkok metropolitan area was measured at 72-95 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

That compares with a World Health Organisation guideline of an annual average of no more than 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air.


Forum: Lee Kuan Yew's view on the matter

I am a retired district judge. I was also the Registrar of the Subordinate Courts and Supreme Court in the 1980s.

I refer to the report (MPs write appeal letters to court only in 'urgent cases'; Feb 4) as well as to letters in The Straits Times' Forum on MPs sending letters to the courts.

When I was the Subordinate Courts' Registrar, I was instructed by then Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin to ignore such MP letters, to not send them to the judges, and to return them to the PAP Whip.

The reason, I was told, was that founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had instructed all MPs (in writing) that they should not be writing such letters to the courts.

There was a file containing such letters in the court registry.

The late Mr Lee's views were exactly as stated by Mr Cheng Choon Fei (Unusual for MP to intervene in court case; Feb 3) and Ms Agnes Sng Hwee Lee (Make clear the boundaries on MP petition letters): MPs writing to the courts would blur the separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

Mr Lee was also of the view that if the MP's constituent resident perceived his sentence imposed by the court as lenient, he might attribute it solely to the MP's letter, and, therefore, feel obligated or grateful to vote for the MP in an election.

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