Jakarta – The anti-mining mafia coalition said the government bears losses of up to Rp 4.6 trillion from underpaid payments of fixed fees and royalties of mining companies during 2010-2013. “This shows that the governance of the mining permit system is still weak in Indonesia,” said Coordinator of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, Maryati Abdullah, Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The calculation is based on data processed by PWYP. The loss came from the recapitulation of data from the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal in 12 provinces. It was found that the country’s potential loss from the underpayment of 4,631 IUP (Mining Business Permit) up to Rp 3,768 trillion. (Read: Koalisi Anti- Mafia Tambang Ajak Jokowi Blusukan)

In addition, the country’s potential loss from leasing land in 12 provinces resulted in a loss of Rp 919.18 billion. Of that number, three of them have a large potential loss, namely Kalimantan with Rp 754.94 billion, Sumatra with Rp 174.7 billion, Sulawesi and Maluku with Rp 169.5 billion.

Maryati assessed that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) initiative in coordinating and supervising minerals and coal in 12 provinces some time ago, proceeded slowly. She urged President Joko Widodo to go down directly to the mining site.

Under these conditions, the organization issued a #blusukantambang petition to Jokowi and the government. They urged the government to stop mining operations in conservation areas and protected areas, and asked the KPK to investigate alleged corruption in granting permits. “If Minister Susi alone can blow up a fishing boat, so as to suppress illegal fish exports, the government should be able to blush mines to suppress illegal mining exports,” she said.

Tempo.co | JAYADI SUPRIADIN | Monday, December 8, 2014 | 3:50 WIB