Civil Organizations: Administrative Lawsuit to Palm Oil Governance Evaluation

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Civil Organizations: Administrative Lawsuit to Palm Oil Governance Evaluation

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Some civl organizations, such as, Sawit Watch, Perkumpulan HuMa, WALHI Nasional, ELSAM, Greenpeace Indonesia, and PILNET did administrative lawsuit to four officials, they are, President Joko Widodo; Coordinator Minister in Economy, Airlangga Hartarto; Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita; and Minister of Trade, Muhammad Lutfi for being fail to control palm cooking oil price and stocks in this country.

There are some issues to sue the four, such as, the rare and expensive palm cooking oil is a worry considering that Indonesia is the biggest crude palm oil producer and exporter in the world. The impact is that many should collapse for being in line for hours to buy palm cooking oil.

The civil organizations thought, many people are difficult to buy the expensive palm cooking oil. Their consumption, small businesses that use palm cooking oil got decreasing income and made the economy worse.

For these situation, civil organizations claimed, such as, it needs to solve the expensive and rare palm cooking oil in the future.

“Knowing that the suspects have been declared, such as, former General Director of Foreign Trade Ministry of Trade, and some persons in palm cooking oil companies, this is only temporary mitigation. Civil organizations urged the government to evaluate palm oil industries and palm cooking oil governance in a whole,” civil organizations noted, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Friday (22/4/2022).

They also appreciated what President Joko Widodo decided to ban palm cooking oil material and palm cooking oil on 22 April 2022. The ban is about to neutralize the crisis in this country. But President Joko Widodo’s ban should have the same commitment from the stakeholders in Indonesia and the government should also systematically supervise everything.

“The ban should not be seen as the solution to palm cooking oil complex issues in national scale but it needs to improve palm oil and palm cooking oil governance in order not to get the same situation in the future,” civil organizations noted. (T2)