Palm Oil Governance Would be ‘Lousy’ because of Omnibus Law Ciptaker

Palm Oil Governance Would be ‘Lousy’ because of Omnibus Law Ciptaker

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – Indonesian Legislators officially announced Omnibus Law Cipta Kerja (Ciptaker) in the meeting on Monday, 5 October 2020 late at night.

But many groups reject it because it is not ‘pro populis’ but about to get investment. Omnibus Law Cipta Kerja would influence many sectors, such as, palm oil plantation industry.

Executive Director of Sawit Watch, Inda Fatinaware told that every side agreed that it needs to improve palm oil governance. The announcement of Omnibus Law Cipta Kerja would make its improvement ‘lousy’.

The realization of President’s Instruction (PI) No. 18 / 2018 or known as Palm Oil Moratorium, as one policy to improve the palm oil industries, runs not so well. Until now there has been no case about palm oil plantation in forest region getting the solution by the regulation. Ministry of environment and forestry noted that 3,4 million hectares (ha) of the plantations are in the forest areas.

“The other policy, such as, Government’s Regulation (GR) No. 60 / 2012, GR No. 104 / 2015, and President’s Regulation No. 88 / 2017 that could be ‘weapon’ to solve the palm oil issue in the forest areas have no significant results,” she said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

She also mentioned that the publication of Omnibus Law Cipta Kerja may ignore many things, such as, the solution offer model like the ‘bleaching’, it would be potential that every license could be ignored, not transparent, and in the end, would make loss to the public but would give profits to some groups, and the assumption of corruption.

“Does it have something to do with politics in 2024? Time would answer,” Inda said. (T2)


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