Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of people claiming to be members of the Hizbut Tharir Isbuhtar Indonesia (HTII) in Papua held a rally at Taman Imbi Jayapura on Thursday (6/11) to reject the government’ plan to increase subsidized fuel prices.
A protestor, Abu Amar said, raising the fuel price is not a pro-people policy because it will make life difficult for many and compensation provided by the government would not help people.
“The government should not raise the fuel prices, but must create another policy, such as cost-saving projects and nationalizing strategic assets. We absolutely reject this and will ask the president to see the current situation among the people,” Abu Amar said on Thursday (6/11).
Hee said any increase would automatically affect all sectors and burden the people, in particular those who live in Papua.
Earlier, PT. Pertamina (State Oil Company) Region VIII Papua-Maluku guaranteed the availability of fuel stocks in Papua. The Head of Pertamina Region VIII Maluku-Papua, M. Irfan said people don’t have to be panic because Pertamina guarantee the fuel stocks for Papua and Maluku are sufficient at 1,1 million barrel per year.
“In average, our stocks for aviation fuel are for sixteen days, gasoline are for eighteen days, kerosene are for sixteen days and diesel oil for nine days. Currently we have been supplied with about thirty thousand-kilo litters. Overall, our stocks are save in anticipating the possibility of the fuel price increase,” said M. Irfan few days ago. (Arjuna Pademme/Sindung Sukoco/rom)