Roasted Corn Hawker Accused of Damaging Environment

Saturday, 13 May 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB - Politics

Gunung Gede and Pangrango National Park. (wikipedia)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Law enforcement is still unjust. Lately, a roasted corn hawker named Didin gets arrested by the police for allegedly damaging a forest in Pangrango, Cianjur.

Kadaka Indonesia Foundation (YKI) reported the forest damage in Pangrango, Cianjur as they found that people are hunting for forest worms. However, YKI was surprised as the forest rangers arrested a roasted corn hawker. Didin has been detained since March 24, 2017.

"We’ve reported the damage to 35 hectares forest in Mt.Masigit, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP) a month ago. The damage is caused by an organized group who hunted forest worms massively. We reported the issue to the ministry, but they didn’t give any response. However, the locals who hunt Sonari worms got arrested immediately," YKI Chairman Sabang Sirait said, Thursday (11/5).

Sabang said what happened to Didin is connected to their report. Sabang showed some photographs of the damaged forest. Forest worms have higher economic value compared to Sonari worms.

"So we consider that Mr. Didin’s case is (published) only to distract the public’s attention to severe forest damage cases that seem to be covered. Why they cover the issue, is there any official involved?" Sabang questioned.

Sabang asks the Environment and Forestry Ministry to be more humane in handling Didin’s case. "Didin is only a local who looked for worms that don’t have high economic value," he said.

Previously, the Head of TNGGP Preservation and Protection Planning Board, Aden Mahyar, said they take action against Didin because he has trespassed the forbidden area, not because of Didin’s activity. Didin is considered violating Article 78 paragraph (5) and/or paragraph (12) juncto Article 50 paragraph (3) letter e and/or letter m Law No.41/1999 on Forestry.

"According to our colleagues who conduct the investigation and handle the issue, they have the evidence. Just follow the progress for clearer information," Aden said, Wednesday (10/5). (dtc/mfb)