Friday, March 09, 2007

No decision on Lapindo

Cabinet meeting on Lapindo hot mudflow failed to make important decision about the status of the disaster last night. Cabinet made only technical decisions on extension of the team to handle the disaster by one month.

According to report, the meeting chaired by President SBY decided to give three new tasks to the team led by energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. First, identify all measures taken by government since May 2006. The team should work with Attorney General in anticipating class actions. Second, preparing the establishment a new team. Third, identify all the losses caused including costs to rebuild public infrastructures.
Before the cabinet meeting, SBY met with East Java Governor Imam Utomo, Sidoarjo Regent Wien Hendarso, and Bakrie Group leader Nirwan Bakrie. Attendees of the cabinet meeting were VP Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono, MoF Sri Mulyani, Minister for Fishery Freddy Numberi, Minister for National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta, Minister for Environmental Affairs Rachmat Witoelar, and Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto.
No statement made about the status of mudflow disaster as geologists are disputing it. Senior geologists and former chairmen of Indonesian Geologists Association (IAGI) Professor Kusuma and Andang Bachtiar both criticized a workshop conducted by the current IAGI board with some experts and its conclusion (mudflow as a natural disaster, triggered by earthquake in Yogyakarta).
Other geologists also criticized the quality of the workshop especially because the competene of participants are in doubts.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that after SMI's refusing to finance out Lapindo disaster, the House fought back. It tried to pull out Bea Cukai from MoF. And SMI eventually will sign for the money to retain the Customs under its body. Tit for tat. Is the rumor true?

March 11, 2007 9:06 AM  

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