Daily Archives: July 6, 2019

Transportation Ministry bows to KPPU decision on airfares

Kertajati, J W Java (ANTARA) – The Transportation Ministry will bow to what the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) will decide after its investigation into the alleged airplane ticketing cartel. “I think it is the authority of the KPPU to investigate it and of course, we give the KPPU a chance to investigate it. We will bow to what KPPU will decide later on,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said while inspecting the West Java International Airport in Kertajati sub-district, West Java, Saturday.

Earlier, KPPU urged all relevant parties including the Transportation Ministry and airline companies to clarify the issue of high airfares allegedly resulting from cartel practice in airplane ticket sales.

KPPU is an independent institution and that the government will comply with and follow up on its findings from the investigation, Sumadi said.

“Once again, as a regulator, the Transportation Ministry allows (KPPU) to conduct the investigation and we will bow to (its findings),” he said.

The government will hold a meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs on the evening of Monday July 8, to decide the upper and lower limits of airfare, the minister said.

The government has made every effort to find a solution to the high airfares so that the airfares will not harm passengers and airlines, he said.

“Why do (we) involve the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs? Because stakeholders in the airline industry are not only the Transportation Ministry but also state oil and gas company Pertamina and other state-owned companies,” he said.

Source: Antara News

Two villagers suffer wounds after fire engulfs Aceh’s oil well

Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) – A fire engulfed a traditional oil well site in Seuneubok Dalam Village, Ranto Peureulak Sub-district, East Aceh District, Aceh Province, on Friday evening, inflicting injuries on two villagers, according to the local authorities.

“The fire gutted the oil well at around 8:30 p.m. local time,” Aceh Oil and Gas Managing Agency (BPMA) spokesman Akhyar Rasyidi stated here on Saturday.

The BPMA will coordinate with the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force’s (SKK Migas’) working unit for Northern Sumatra’s areas to investigate the incident, he emphasized.

The fire that had gutted the oil well could be extinguished, and the wounded villagers were sent to local hospitals for medical treatment.

According to local news reports, the victims are the Seuleumak Muda Village’s residents, who worked at the oil well site.

In April 2018, a deadly fire had also engulfed a traditional oil well in Ranto Panjang Peureulak of East Aceh District, Aceh Province. The fire reportedly killed at least 18 people and injured about 40 others.

The traditional oil well sites are not merely found in East Aceh District but also in several other areas in Indonesia.

Source: Antara News

Indonesia has sunk 516 vessels since 2014 for fishing illegally

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Since 2014, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has sunk 516 vessels belonging to countries in its neighborhood and even from Indonesia for conducting illegal fishing operations in its waters. These vessels numbered 294 from Vietnam, 92 from the Philippines, 76 from Malaysia, and 23 from Thailand, in addition to two from Papua New Guinea, one each from China, Nigeria and Belize, and 26 from Indonesia.

In addition, from January to June 2019, the ministry has captured 67 illegal vessels consisting of 17 from Malaysia, 15 from Vietnam, three from the Philippines and 32 from Indonesia.

“The success in capturing illegal fishing vessels is inseparable from the integrated monitoring system of air surveillance, sea surveillance and fishing vessel monitoring system (VMS),” the ministry’s Acting Director General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Monitoring, Agus Suherman said in his statement Saturday.

The ministry, in collaboration with the Task Force 115, the Attorney General’s Office, and other relevant agencies has also eliminated as many as 28 illegal fishing vessels based on court decisions from January to June 2019.

The figure consists of 23 vessels from Vietnam, three from Malaysia, and one each from the Philippines, and Indonesia. These and the ships that have been sunk between October 2014 and June 2019 bring the total to 516.

Earlier, the Indonesian Marine Bachelor Association (Iskindo) appreciated the agreement in the G20 Summit regarding Indonesia’s initiative and leadership in combating IUU fishing.

“Although the agreement is non-binding, it will be the concern of the G20 countries in providing support for efforts to reduce the practice of IUU around the world,” Iskindo’s daily chairman Moh Abdi Suhufan said.

In the G20 forum which took place in Osaka Japan, on June 28 and 29, 2019, leaders of the G20 countries managed to agree on the commitment to tackle IUU fishing globally.

With such an agreement, the G20 countries would be compelled to take up the issue of IUU fishing within the framework of global cooperation.

“We appreciate the Indonesian government which in the past four years has consistently combated IUU fishing and has opened the eyes of the world on the mode, crime, impact and methods of eradicating IUU fishing through a legal approach,” Suhufan emphasized.

The agreement is one of Indonesia’s effort at the world level to invite other countries to protect fish resources, according to him.

Indonesia is one of the few countries in the world that has succeeded in increasing fish stocks after its crackdown on IUU fishing practices in its waters, he stressed.

Furthermore, Indonesia is considered necessary to oversee the commitment within international cooperation and program partnerships so the agreement of the heads of state can be followed up at the working level of cooperation.

Source: Antara News

Water tanks for C Kalimantan’s residents for drought

Sampit, C Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The authorities in Pulau Hanaut Subdistrict of Kotawaringin Timur District, Central Kalimantan Province, have distributed 2,070 water tanks to help residents in 11 villages tackle the scarcity of clean water during the dry season. “We have totally distributed 2,070 water tanks. Their procurement uses the village funds. Alhamdulillah (Thank God), the availability of these water tanks is so helpful for our people,” Head of Pulau Hanaut Subdistrict Eddy Mashami said here Saturday.

Those waters tanks had been procured in 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019, he said, adding that during the dry season, 14 villages in the sub-district are prone to the impact of a devastating drought, including the scarcity of clean water as well as bush and forest fires.

Located on a coastal area, Pulau Hanaut Subdistrict remains disconnected by road infrastructure from Sampit’s city center.

In addition to the devastating drought, seawater intrusion has also become a serious challenge for those living in the area because it makes the water of rivers and water wells salty, he said.

With this in mind, the sub-district government then decided to provide its people with water tanks to enable them to store water that could be used for drinking and cooking, he said.

This year’s drought could likely be longer than that of last year, according to Sampit city’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Therefore, the district government has raised the alert status of bush and forest fires from “alert” to “emergency” which is made effective from July 3 to October 30, 2019.

Indonesia is bracing for a devastating and protracted drought this year, according to the BMKG’s warning, with the condition likely to peak in August and September.

Those residing in the affected areas should maintain vigil to deal with the impact of the drought.

It has not merely led to a scarcity of clean water and a deterioration in the air quality but it has also triggered a potential recurrence of bush and forest fires in certain provinces.

In Banyumas, Central Java Province, for instance, the district’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) confirmed Friday that some 3,150 families in 12 villages are reeling from a clean water crisis.

In dealing with this scarcity, the BPBD has prepared one thousand water tanks and regularly distributed clean water supplies to meet the requirement of some 10,876 people. (INE)

Source: Antara News

Regional military chief leads search for MI 17

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Chief of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command Major General Joshua Sembiring led the search Saturday for the Indonesian Army’s MI-17 helicopter that has been missing since June 28 on its flight from Oksibil to Jayapura. “It is true that the chief of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command aboard the Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN 235, led the search today. The aircraft flew over Lereh,” Commander of the Silas Papare Airbase Commodore Tri Bowo said.

During the search, the SAR team could find no clue of the missing helicopter as fog shrouded the area, he said.

“The CN 235 plane flew over the area twice before the pilot decided to return to the Silas Papare Airbase,” he said.

The aerial search for the missing helicopter was conducted from Oksibil and Sentani, he said.

However, the SAR team which departed from Oksibi could not conduct the aerial search because of bad weather, he said.

“The search will be continued on Sunday, July 7, and the SAR team will hopefully find a clue,” he said.

The MI-17 helicopter went missing on June 28, at around 11:49 a.m. local time.

It was carrying 12 passengers and crew members on board, who had earlier flown to Okbibab to deliver logistics to soldiers serving in the area.

The crew members aboard the helicopter were pilots CPN Captain Aris and CPN Lieutenant Bambang, co-pilot First Lieutenant CPN Ahwar, Head Sergeant Suriyatna, Sergeant Dita, Head Private Dwi Purnomo, and Private Aharul.

The passengers, who were members of the Battalion 725/WRG, comprised Second Sergeant Ikrar Setya Nainggolan, Private Yanuarius Loe, Private Risno, Second Private Sujono Kaimuddin, and Second Private Tegar Hadi Sentana.

Source: Antara News