JAKARTA -- The thick, choking haze caused by land-clearing fires on Sumatra, western Indonesia, has developed into the worst air pollution in recent years. Severely polluted air and blinding smoke now blanket the entire region, including Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand. Neighboring countries have criticized the Indonesian government for its failure to prevent the burning, and this has led to international tensions.
Not only the air is hazy in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. President Joko Widodo himself seems to be in a cloud as he enters his second year as president on Oct. 20.