Environment and Forestry Minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar deemed she does perform well in dealing with European Union countries which plan to boycott Indonesian forestry and palm oil products.
Gerindra’s Deputy Arief Poyuono thinks that Minister Siti Nurbaya is incompetent in conducting campaigns, dissemination, and data collection concerning environmental issues, corruption, child labor issue and human rights violations in Indonesia’s forestry industry, particularly oil palm plantation industry.
Otherwise, Minister Siti can easily answer the accusations of the European Union. “(She can say) if in fact the Indonesian palm oil industry is not doing all the things alleged by EU parliament,” he said in a press release received by reporters on Sunday (16/4) night.
“It’s not only a matter of socialization and data. There’s also indications that use of campaign funds didn’t meet the target”. Arief recorded for nearly the past two years, the palm oil exports fund was collected from the plantation.
One of the goals is to conduct a campaign against the smear campaign. Industry observers blame the lack of political willingness by Indonesian leadership for the success of the foreign smear campaigns that harm the economy.
“Well, it is necessary to question the use of Palm Oil Plantation Fund (BPDP) which is said to hold campaign to support Indonesian palm oil products so the industry will not be rejected by foreign countries due to the environmental destruction, human rights abuses, and the issue of child labor,” Arief said.
Based on Minister Siti’s bad performance, the man who is also Chairman of FSP State-Owned Enterprise United (FSP BUMN Bersatu) urges President Joko Widodo to intervene so Indonesia can convince the European Union not to reject the Indonesian oil palm industry products.
“The most important step also is to remove the incompetent Minister Siti, related to her working performance in socializing and collected data about the palm oil industry in Indonesia,” he concluded.
The EU Parliament passed a resolution to ban palm oil-based biodiesel, with the main focus in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.
Based on European Parliament press release on the weekend, the resolution was assessing the palm oil industry which caused deforestation, habitat degradation, corruption, child labor and violation of Human Rights. Critically examined most of the allegations levelled by NGOs were found lacking.
The resolution specifically mentions the Indonesian palm oil industry as one of the triggers of these issues. Officials have yet to respond but industry executives have rejected the allegations vehemently.