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Health Minister, Nila Moeloek., Surabaya – Health Minister Nila Moeloek reminded travelers to ensure their health before leaving for conducting “mudik” or annual mass exodus ahead of the Idul Fitri festivity which marks the end of holy month of Ramadhan.

“It is very necessary to conduct a health check before traveling,” she said after attending a traffic coordination meeting for the 2019 Eid al-Fitr in Surabaya on Sunday (12/5/2019).

Not only travelers, preventive measures for ensuring the good health of drivers were also important so that there would be no obstacles during the trips, she said.

“Especially on land and sea, health must be checked for every four hours,” Moeloek said.

For this reason, the ministry of health and the local health office said, will provide health service posts at temporary rest areas.

This health service utilized health centers and hospitals, especially those on the homecoming routes, she said.

“We also have a public safety center through 119 call center services to be quickly responded to when there are reports. We also provide ambulances, both motorcycles and cars on standby at several health posts,” she said.

Meanwhile, to support the homecoming trip, the East Java Provincial Government prepared 26 points of rest areas which are available across various districts / cities.

East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa ensures that in the rest areas, there will also be health service posts that will check the condition of both the drivers and passengers.

Not only that, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) will also prepare 134 health service points and rest areas that will be prepared at terminals, stations and ports.

“The facilities will also include mosques for the travelers to help them perform prayers. The health team can also provide psycho-social services for children, especially in mosques,” he said. (rah)

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The two suspects were wanted following the Indonesian Navy's discovery of a speedboat carrying 64 kgs of crystal methamphetamine at Sruway beach, Aceh Tamiang, on September 13, 2018., Surabaya – Two persons identified as Samsul Bahti and Maman Nurmansyah were arrested and deported from Malaysia for allegedly smuggling drugs, following a joint effort between the Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Indonesian Narcotic Agency (BNN).

The two suspects were wanted following the Indonesian Navy’s discovery of a speedboat carrying 64 kgs of crystal methamphetamine at Sruway beach, Aceh Tamiang, on September 13, 2018.

“The arrest was a result of cooperation with the PDRM, particularly the Malaysian Narcotic Agency, after the team found the duo in Pulau Penang, Malaysia,” BNN Deputy Inspector General Arman Depari said in a short message on Thursday (11/4/2019).

Based on an investigation by BNN, the drugs were smuggled into Indonesia from Malaysia by Bahti and Nurmanysah, who ran away to Malaysia following the Indonesian Navy’s success in foiling the smuggling attempt.

“Based on our investigation, BNN detected that the two suspects had run away to Malaysia,” he said.

Thanks to the cooperation of the PDRM and upon the request of the BNN, the two suspects were arrested and later taken to Medan, North Sumatra. (ant)

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Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti., Banyuwangi – Cautioning the residents of Banyuwangi District, East Java Province, on Thursday (4/4/2019), against littering and polluting the oceans, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that if this continued, marine debris was likely to outnumber the fish at sea by 2030.

“Therefore, I call on all the people to reduce the use of plastic bags and to stop littering,” she said.

Speaking to the local residents during her visit to observe a community-based waste management in Tembokrejo Village of the Muncar Port area, Pudjiastuti said the capacity of the temporary dumpsite in the village needed to be increased, followed by training for the villagers on how to separate organic and inorganic waste in order to involve more people in managing it, she said.

“If the capacity of the dumpsite increases, it can be developed to become an industry. But most importantly, the local people should continuously be educated over keeping their neighborhoods clean and ensuring a disease-free environment,” she said.

Pudjiastuti said she appreciated the implementation of waste management in Muncar subdistrict’s coastal areas, which saw the involvement of several thousand local residents.

Citing the Muncar Port in Banyuwangi District as an example, she said she previously would avoid the area as it reeked. Thanks to the Bunyuwangi District head, who persuaded her to return, she could now spot visible differences. The area no longer smelled of garbage as its temporary dumpsite was well managed by local residents assisted by the district government and an NGO, funded by Norway and Austria, she said.

“This is a good example of how local governments can play a role. I hope this way of handling waste will be imitated by other villages,” Pudjiastuti said.

The menace of marine debris has continued to plague Indonesia over the past decades. Last year, the country was witness to a grim reality, with the recent death of a sperm whale who ingested almost six kilograms of plastic waste.

The news of the ill-fated sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), whose carcass washed ashore on Kapota Isle, Wakatobi District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, on November 19, 2018, had grabbed the attention of several mainstream media within and outside the country.

This environmental tragedy, widely published and broadcast by the world’s reputable news media, such as Associated Press, CNN, The Guardian, and National Geographic, is a glaring reminder of the fact that plastic waste has become a serious menace for Indonesia.

The marine debris has not just threatened the existence of Indonesia’s marine life but it has also tarnished the image of its tourism industry. (mas)

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The ministry's Director General of Law Enforcement, Rasio Ridho Sani., Surabaya – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) named three people who each served as leaders in three different companies as suspects in the case of alleged smuggling of merbau wood from Papua.

The ministry’s Director General of Law Enforcement Rasio Ridho Sani confirmed this to reporters in Surabaya on Wednesday (20/3/2019), revealing the identity of the three suspects with the initials DG, DT and TS, all from Jayapura, Papua.

The three suspects indicated that each of them sent dozens of containers containing illegal merbau wood from Papua via ships to East Java through the Port of Tanjung Perak Surabaya.

“DG served as director at PT MGM. He sent 61 containers of illegal merbau wood from Papua to East Java through Surabaya’s Tanjung Perak Port,” he said. DR is the Director of PT EAJ, which sent 31 illegal merbau wood carriers from Papua to East Java through the Surabaya Tanjung Perak Port, and TS is the Director of PT RPF, which sent 38 illegal merbau containers from Papua to East Java through the Tanjung Perak Port of Surabaya.

“The total amount of illegal merbau wood from the three suspects amounted to 140 containers, which we secured as evidence,” he said.

Rasio explained the three were named suspects following two arrests and the seizure of 57 containers and 199 containers of merbau wood from Jayapura in early 2019.

The three suspects were snared by Article 12, 14 and 16 of Law Number 18 Year 2013 concerning the Prevention and Safeguarding of Forests, with the threat of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rp100 billion.

He stressed that the determination of the suspects against the three timber bosses is proof that the ministry is seriously combating illegal logging.

“We are still investigating other cases. As of the end of 2018, we have issued 24 warrants for the investigation of 422 containers containing illegal merbau wood from Maluku and Papua which were smuggled into East Java,” he said. (ant)

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