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Civil Society Sued the Government for Failing to Prevent the Expensive Palm Cooking Oil



Civil Society Sued the Government for Failing to Prevent the Expensive Palm Cooking Oil

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Sawit Watch and its advocacy team, supported by some civil society organizations, such as, Perkumpulan HuMa, WALHI Nasional, ELSAM, Greenpeace Indonesia, and PILNET, which join Tim Advokasi Kebutuhan Pokok Rakyat sued the government’s institutions and officials for conducting unlawful act on the latest palm cooking oil polemic. The sue is managed to President of Indonesia, Minister of Trade through Administrative Court in Jakarta.

Deputy Director of ELSAM, Andi Muttaqien said the sue is the follow up of what Sawit Watch, Perkumpulan HuMa, WALHI Nasional, ELSAM, Greenpeace Indonesia, and PILNET Indonesia did before, which was, the administrative objection to four related officials on 22 April 2022.

“The claim mentioned that President Joko Widodo and Minister of Trade fail to prevent the expensive and rare palm cooking oil which it is against the regulation and general principles of good governance, namely in principles of prudence, principles of public interest, and principles of justice,” Andi Muttaqien who is also as the Tim Advokasi Kebutuhan Pokok Rakyat, said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (2/6/2022).

What President Joko Widodo did by banning crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative exports per 22 April 2022, after administrative claim ran, as a matter of fact, did not significantly solve the problems. The fact showed, export ban made many smallholders get loss and this was a temporary shock for palm cooking oil price.

Director of Sawit Watch, Achmad Surombo said, in the claim, her side urged President Joko Widodo and Minister of Trade to guarantee the supply and stabilize palm cooking oil price in the consumer level for every people in Indonesia. “Besides, the most important thing is to guarantee it not to have two different prices to manage justice for the consumers,” he said.

The claim is the moment to fulfill every citizen’s rights to get a better life, which means, the country should exist to guarantee daily needs procurement for the people as consumers. Besides the civil organizations thought, the claim is an open challenge for the government which often proposes to audit palm oil plantation companies. (T2)


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