InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The clash between police officers and the villagers in palm oil plantations of PT Hamparan Masawit Bangun Persada (HMBP) in District of Seruyan, Central Kalimantan Province, made some members of Commission IV Indonesian Legislators worry. It happened for the villagers just demonstrated to get plasma realization from the company that got area advantage permits in the region.
On Saturday (7/10), in the demonstration, one villager should be no longer and two others are in critical condition because of the shot of police officer. Member of Commission IV Indonesian Legislators, Daniel Johan condemned the accident and urged police officers to be professional in their work, respect human rights, and avoid violation too much.
“The villagers have their rights to get justice and rights fulfilled particularly about 20 percent plasma program from the company that got business rights. This issue needs solution fast by related instances. The central government should deal with it to end the conflict which happens for years,” he said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from the official page of Indonesian Legislators, Monday (16/10/2023).
He thought, the conflict happens because PT HMBP does not realize its obligation to the people. This is a loss for the villagers. He also told that the government should make sure that the companies that got area advantage permits should obey the available regulations, particularly it the regulations relate to the local’s rights.
“Revoke its business rights if the company does not realize plasma development and other regulations. The government should pay attention to what people claimed for. Do not let the company get its own profits but the villagers get losses,” he said.
He also mentioned that it needs to get whole investigation about the violence by police officers because the police should be humanity in demonstration action. that is why he urged the company and the government to obey sustainability principles and understand the corporate social responsibility for the villagers.
He also hoped that the conflict solution would end what people of Seruyan suffered for and would create sustainably solution that prioritizes the people’s interests. He and others are committed to make sure that what the people struggle for would be realized in every level of society, with no exception. (T2)