PM Lee communicated by phone with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono this week, planning to complain about the haze situation in Singapore. However, he was coughing a lot and the Indonesian had a hard time understanding him. Mindful of the prime minister’s ego and careful not to hurt his reputation, he decided it best if he didn’t ask PM Lee to repeat what he was saying. It is rumoured that because Indonesian officials were unable to understand PM Lee, they are unaware of Singapore’s complaints about the haze, as they have been unaware for the last 14 years. The Singapore government assured the public that they are taking care of the problem as they always have.