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MINISTER of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar gave the subsidiary of Rajawali Corpora, owned by tycoon Peter Sondakh, the permit to build a road for transporting coal in Harapan Forest in Jambi and South Sumatra. Before issuing the permit, Minister Siti even went as far as revising a regulation that would have prohibited building the road. The Harapan Forest restoration area, which is a natural habitat for Sumatra’s endemic animals, will be split by the 26-kilometer-long and 60-meter-wide road. Besides destroying trees in the secondary forest, at a value of over Rp400 billion, the mining road will also threaten biodiversity and indigenous communities, and will open the opportunity for illegal loggers to enter the restored production forest. This report is completed in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, through the Rainforest Journalism Fund program.
Six Islamic teachers fight to nurture tolerance and equality. They preach from village to village, guiding their communities. They have been rejected and threatened, some have even been driven away, their schools attacked. But they refuse to give up and have consistently promoting interfaith harmony and equity. illustration: tempo/kendra paramita
I would like to request an explanation about the rule or legal basis of the electricity cut-off by the state electricity company PLN that has involved a consumer like me, after being late for the payment of the bill in June, only to be followed on July 7 by the power cut-off in my house.
SOEs Minister Erick Thohir refuses PDI-P politician Adian Napitupulu’s recommendations for SOEs commissioner positions. Erick claims he has received numerous recommendations for commissioner candidates from other ministries and institutions. His brother, Boy Thohir, is believed to be involved in SOEs official appointments.