SINGAPORE – Three years ago, I went on a business trip in Singapore. Everything was good, except that we got to experience what would be a record-breaking haze crisis.
It all started a few days back with mild level of suspended particulate matter in the air. I witnessed how the pollution deteriorated each day from my hotel room.
On 19 June 2013, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) read 321, breaching the Hazardous zone for the first time ever.
On 20 June 2013, the record was again broken with PSI reading of 371.
And on 21 June 2013, the record was again surpassed with PSI of 400 in the morning, only to be broken again at noon with an all-time high of 401. The pollution was so bad we could even smell the smoke inside the hotel rooms and work was suspended.
Face masks were on its highest demand as well.
Forgive my selfie. I was witnessing (in fact, in the middle of) an event that would make it to history books.