Indonesia Under Mercury Emergency

Thursday, 14 September 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB -

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar (right) is seen handing a report about a decision on Bill on Minamata Convention on Mercury at the Parliament Building, Jakarta, Wednesday (13/9). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Indonesia is considered under mercury emergency as the dangerous substance has been spread across Indonesia. The statement was delivered by a member of the House’s Commission VII, Tjatur Sapto Edy, in a plenary session to ratify the Law on Minamata Convention on Mercury at the Parliament Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday (13/9).

According to Tjatur, using mercury is as dangerous as consuming drugs. "It doesn’t only damage the current generation but also the next generations," Tjatur said firmly.

He added that the dangerous situation is proven by the found cinnabar mines in Maluku. Indonesia is known as the biggest mercury exporter. "Ironically, there’s no law enforcement against it as the mines have no permits. Besides that, foreigners are coming to Maluku and asking for a concession on the cinnabar mines," he said, as quoted from

As the House member, he asks the government to manage the mines so the wastes won’t go beyond control. "(It must be) managed and given to SOEs because the mines don’t only contain mercury but also radioactive thorium," Tjatur said.

He doesn’t the regional administration or any parties who have rights to manage the mines to let foreigners manage the mines as it violates the Law on Nuclear Energy.

"This is a warning from the nation. The mines are very big, and no one has managed it. Now, foreigners are competing for the mines. I hope the government has the power to manage the mines," he said firmly. (rm)