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The Citarum River is notorious for its trash and massive-scale pollution. Television reporters from other countries have flocked to Bandung, calling the longest river in West Java the dirtiest in the world. According to the Supreme Audit Agency, 10.6 million cubic meters of industrial liquid waste was dumped into the river each month in the 2009-2012 period. In these four years, the total amount of waste in Citarum equals three times the water volume in Lake Sunter, a lake of 33 hectares in size in North Jakarta, excluding the 1.23 million cubic meters of household trash per month. If stacked, the height and volume would be comparable to four and a half Sate Buildings, home of the West Java government.
Five years ago, Ahmad Heryawan promised to clean up the Citarum River-said to be the world's most toxic river-and turn its water into drinkable water.
THE joint-team formed by President Joko Widodo has not succeeded in stopping factories in West Java from dumping liquid waste into Citarum, the world's most toxic river. Tempo's team found hard evidence that factories have been openly disposing of untreated waste into the river. Furthermore, locals are also dumping household and human waste into Citarum, even while they use the water for other purposes. Convoluted bureaucracy has prevented an effective restoration of the Citarum River. Amid the failure, politicians seem to be riding the issue to improve their own electability. An Environmental Agency officer takes a sample of Gunajaya Abadi Sentosa liquid waste at Cikacembang River, Bandung, West Java.
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President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo: Completing Works is Also a Campaign
To counter accusations of being pro communist and anti-Islam, Jokowi has been making frequent visits to clerics. He is getting close with MUI's General Chair.
Jokowi is putting together a large coalition by securing support from parties outside the government coalition. They are competing to offer him vice-presidential running mates.
Three months before the registration of presidential candidates, Joko Widodo has been in communication with nearly every party, including the Justice and Prosperity Party. More worried about Gatot Nurmantyo, it is being said that Jokowi would be happier to run against Prabowo Subianto. He has a list of possible vice-presidential running mates.
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