Greatindonesia.co.id, Siak – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly visited the Class IIB Penitentiary of Siak Sri Indrapura, Riau, Monday ( 13/5/2019), to review the situation after it was ravaged by riots and fire on Saturday (May 11).
“We express regret over what transpired, though this is not the foremost time. The fundamental issue here is overcapacity, in this case, almost 500 percent,” Yasonna remarked after inspecting the rubble and buildings of the burnt down prison.
The minister called to promptly initiate steps to conduct repairs at the remand center while awaiting the new development process. The Siak district government has already readied a five-hectare plot of land, though the development funding still lacks clarity.
The minister has called on the provincial and district governments to lend assistance to the development process for building prisons and the immigration process.
“If the governor has funds, it is not an issue,either it is from the district head. Here, there is a lot of oil. Funds are available but the issue of overcapacity is omnipresent. Regional government funds also from Jakarta are available for the required results. This is synergy,” Laoly pointed out.
The minister also sought aid to fund the Narcotics Special Detention Center in Rumbai, Pekanbaru, assisted by the regional government. If it can be utilized, it will help to lessen the excess capacity, which typically arises from the sudden increase in the number of drug prisoners.
Currently, over 500 prisoners have been moved to other detention centers from Siak Prison. The Siak remand center is in dire need of temporary renovation. This old structure houses prisoners whose legal standing has yet to be legally enforced (inkracht).
Of 648 people detained at the Siak detention center, some 80 are still not permanent, or inkracht, so they need to be in Siak. The rest have been shifted to Pekanbaru Prison, Bangkinang, Bengkalis, and Dumai. (eli)
DUMAI SEAPORT INSTALLS THERMAL SCANNER TO CHECK FOR MONKEYPOX
Greatindonesia.co.id, Dumai – The Dumai Seaport’s Health Office has installed a thermal scanner at the seaport’s entrance gate to check arriving passengers’ temperatures, in a bid to prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus.
Passengers with elevated body temperatures, particularly those who have arrived from overseas, would be sent to a medical check-up room by health workers, Head of Dumai Seaport Efrizon told journalists here on Monday (20/5/2019).
“We have set up a special medical check-up room, along with health workers,” he said, adding that the thermal scanner was installed to respond to the Indonesian Health Ministry’s letter dated May 13, 2019, which asked agencies to take precautionary measures.
Located in Riau Province, Dumai Seaport is the destination for a ferry serving Dumai and the Malaysian city of Malacca. From Malacca, passengers often travel to Singapore by bus.
Singapore, a city-state which is located next to the Indonesian island of Batam, has witnessed a case of monkeypox in the past two weeks. This rare virus infected a 38-year-old Nigerian who arrived in the city on April 28, 2019.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported this first case of monkeypox to the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 9.
As reported on the WHO’s website, the Nigerian man visited Singapore to attend a workshop, held from April 29-30, but before flying to Singapore he joined a wedding party in a village in Nigeria’s Ebonyi State on April 21.
At the party, the Nigerian man was reported by Channel News Asia (CNA) to have consumed “bush meat”. On his third day in Singapore, he suffered from “fever, muscle aches, chills, and a skin rash”, believed to be the symptoms of the rare monkeypox virus.
The Nigerian national, whose name has not been released, reportedly stayed in his hotel room during his week-long illness. On May 7, he was rushed to Singapore’s National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
The WHO further noted that the patient was confirmed to be suffering from monkeypox by Singapore’s National Public Health Laboratory on May 8.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is a rare virus spread to humans from animals and is found chiefly in the remote areas of central and west Africa, often near tropical rainforests.
Due to the dangers presented by the monkeypox virus, which is potentially fatal, Indonesian health authorities throughout the archipelago have stepped up their prevention and detection activities. (gus)
RE-VOTING ON BINTAN ADDED THREE POLLING STATIONS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Tanjungpinang – The number of polling stations (TPS) in re-voting in Bintan district, Riau Islands province is increased to four from three previously.
Chairman of the Bintan District Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Febriadinata, in Bintan, Sunday (21/4/2019), said the initial voting was at TPS 02 Ekang Village Anculai, District Teluk Bintan, and the number has been raised by three in Kijang Kota Sub-District, East Bintan District.
Febriadinata,said the sub-district election supervisory committee (Panwascam) found an error, so that he recommended the Bintan District Election Commission (KPU) to carry out re-voting.
Panwascam found people who did not meet the requirements as voters voting for presidential and vice presidential candidates. In TPS 02, Ekang Anculai Village.
“There are three re-voting at polling station 12, polling station 13 and polling station 73 in Kijang Kota Village, Bintan Subdistrict, because it was found that nine people did not meet the requirements for voting, “he said.
In addition, he said, the Bintan KPU stipulated further voting. Further voting for the selection of Bintan District DPRD in District 2 in Tambelan Subdistrict namely Kukup Village is in TPS 2 and 3, and Pengikik Village in TPS 1.
Further voting is carried out because the ballots in the three polling stations are exchanged. The ballots exchanged at the three polling stations occurred due to negligence of officers since packing the electoral logistics before being transported by boat to Tambelan.
“We have reminded to ensure that all election logistics are not exchanged and are safe. KPU Bintan officers are safe, then logistics is transported to Tambelan, ” he said. (eli)
AROUND 100 BOLTS OF PEKABARU’S SIAL IV BRIDGE FOUND MISSING
Greatindonesia.co.id, Pekanbaru – The Public Works and Housing Office in Riau Province has considered a temporary closure of the Siak IV Bridge for safety reasons after around 100 bolts of the bridge inaugurated in February 2019 are found to be missing.
“The bridge bolts may have been stolen, and the missing bolts may affect the bridge’s strength. Therefore, for safety reasons, we are going to close it for public temporarily,” Head of the Riau Public Works and Housing Office’s Road and Bridge Division Yunnas Haris said here on Sunday (14/4/2019).
Haris said the related authorities actually conduct a random surveillance over the bridge but they could not do that around the clock. Therefore, the people’s participation in securing the bridge was indispensable.
Inaugurated in February this year, the 800 meter-long Siak IV Bridge connecting areas within the fast-developing city of Pekanbaru is named after the Sultan Abdul Jalil Alamuddin Syah Bridge but it is more popularly called “the Marhum Bukit Bridge”. (azi)
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