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BINTAN POLICE FOIL BID TO SMUGGLE 118 KILOGRAMS OF METH

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The drugs were supposedly smuggled from Malaysia through the waters of Senggiling in Bintan.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau Islands – The Bintan Police in Riau Islands managed to prevent the culmination of a drug smuggling plan to Sumatra and Jakarta and confiscated 118,521 grams of methamphetamine from the suspects.

The drugs were supposedly smuggled from Malaysia through the waters of Senggiling in Bintan, Bintan Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Boy Herlambang stated here on Wednesday (4/9/2019).

In connection with the case, the police have named three suspects — JF (38), SY (38), and ZH (36) — serving as drug couriers. All suspects are the residents of Bintan Island and work as school bus drivers.

“They were arrested through close coordination between personnel of the North Bintan Police and Bintan Police,” Herlambang remarked.

The police had earlier received a tip-off of the drug transaction plan at Sakera Beach, North Bintan, on late Friday (30/8/2019).

The police arrested suspect JF from the location, while another suspect SY was arrested from JF’s house in Tanjung Uban.

The police also unearthed 118.521 kg of methamphetamine, some packed in suitcases, while others were concealed in a washing machine and a car parked in front of the house.

Another suspect ZH was arrested at a different location on the basis of information of the two suspects, Herlambang revealed.

The suspects admitted that it was the sixth time that they had smuggled drugs from Malaysia into Bintan Island.

He stated that the police had conducted further investigation into the case.

The three suspects were charged with Law No. 35 of 2009 on narcotics and are liable to face. (ogn)

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PRESIDENTAL PLANE LANDS SMOOTHLY AT HAZE-SHROUDED RIAU AIRPORT

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The President paid an impromptu visit to Riau to observe the smog and monitor the handling of forest and land fires in the province.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau – The presidential aircraft carrying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) landed smoothly at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru at 6.30 p.m. Monday (16/9/2019) as thick smoke enveloped the Riau provincial capital in the past few days.

The President paid an impromptu visit to Riau to observe the smog and monitor the handling of forest and land fires in the province.

Air pollution in Pekanbaru surged up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) between September 9 and 13, exceeding the daily PM10 threshold of 150 µg/m3, Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati said in Jakarta Saturday, (14/9/2019).

BMKG measures air quality using particulate matter (PM10), meaning that if the particle in the air is less than 10 micrograms it is hazardous for humans when it is inhaled.

The other city whose air quality exceeded the threshold level on September 12 and 13 is Jambi. (INE). (fag)

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STUDENTS URGE GOVT TO ELIMINATE ALL FORMS OF RACISM AGAINST PAPUANS

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The protesting students who staged their rally at Gonggong Building in Tanjungpinang city, Riau Islands Province.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Tanjungpinang – Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Tens of activists of the Tanjungpinang-Bintan Student Alliance staged a peaceful rally here on Tuesday (27/8/2019) to show their solidarity with the Papuan students in Malang, East Java, and urge the government to eliminate all forms of racism against the Papuans.

“We stage this rally to show our solidarity and care for our Papuan compatriots who are studying in Malang. What has happened there is expected not to recur,” the rally coordinator, Yogi, said.

The protesting students who staged their rally at Gonggong Building in Tanjungpinang city, Riau Islands Province, also demanded that the government bring those responsible for the Malang incident to court.

“We call on the government to guarantee the rights and freedom of the Papuan students all over the country [and protect them] from stigmatization and acts of violence,” Yogi said.

Malang Deputy Mayor, Sofyan Edi Jarwoko, had recently been caught in the spotlight after the native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua accused him of threatening to send the Papuan students in Malang back home.

In fact, Jarwoko did not make a statement containing a threat to the Papuan students in the aftermath of the rally that the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) staged in Malang city on (15/8/2019).

Instead, he just responded to local journalists on whether he would take the option of sending the Papuan students home as had been carried out in 2016.

Jarwoko was quoted by Kompas TV as saying on August 21 that he had never made a statement on sending the Papuan students home.

He just said that returning the Papuan students was an option, but the impact of their rally needed to be assessed further before coming up with the option.

In another development, two TNI officers had been questioned for their alleged racist slurs against students in Surabaya, East Java, that triggered anger in the Papua and West Papua Provinces.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said the officers being investigated are Major NHI, commander of the Surabaya 0831/02 Regional Military Command, and a village supervisory non-commissioned officer (Babinsa).

Addressing a press conference after holding a dialogue with several representatives of the Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, Tjahjanto said whatever mistakes the army personnel had committed on duty would consequently be sanctioned. (nkl)

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7,745 SUFFER FROM ACUTE RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION IN PEKANBARU

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The increase in the number of those suffering from acute respiratory tract infection in the past couple of months is a result of the haze from land and forest fires.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau – The Pekanbaru City Health Office reported that the number of people suffering from acute respiratory tract infection in the Riau provincial capital between July and August 2019 reached 7,745.

“The figure is based on reports from all public health service posts (Puskesmas) in Pekanbaru City, comprising 3,540 cases recorded in July and 4,205 cases in August,” acting chief of the Pekanbaru City Health Office, Muhammad Amin, said in Pekanbaru on Monday (26/8/2019).

The increase in the number of those suffering from acute respiratory tract infection in the past couple of months is a result of the haze from land and forest fires in a number of districts and cities in Riau province, as well as in neighboring provinces.

However, the increase is relatively small, at 900 per month compared to more than 3 thousand in August 2018 when no haze was found, he said.

“In August 2019, the number has already reached more than 4 thousand. This means that not all those suffering from acute respiratory tract infection were affected only by the haze,” he said.

Visibility in Pekanbaru was curtailed to 1.5 kilometers (km) last Saturday at 8 a.m. local time owing to smog emanating from forest fires in Pelalawan District in particular.

The haze arose from Pelalawan where 102 hotspots were recorded in the morning, Nia Fadhila, analyst at the Pekanbaru meteorology, climatology and geophysics station, stated last Saturday (24/8/2019).

Pelalawan is located in the south of Pekanbaru, with the wind blowing from the southeast to the southwest, she explained.

Executive General Manager of SSK II airport, Yogi Prasetyo, noted that in spite of the haze, operations at the Sultan Syarik Kasim II (SSK II) International Airport in Pekanbaru were continuing as usual.

The local residents of Pekanbaru wore masks while venturing outdoors since the city’s air quality remained at an unhealthy level. (fsl)

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