Friday, 20 July, 2012 | 06:50 WIB
Employees in Malang Must Cycle to Office
TEMPO Interactive, Malang:The Malang city administration is implementing a number of breakthrough policies to support a movement to save energy. One of them is requiring civil servants to cycle to work, at least once a week. "In addition to saving energy, it also reduces air pollution," said Malang Regional Secretary, Muhammad Sofwan, recently.
A number of government agencies like the Department of Transportation and Traffic Police Force of Malang City are working together, including to determine the schedule of biking to work.
According to Sofwan,there are 10 thousand civil servants in Malang. If each of them uses a liter of Premium fuel or gasoline, in a single day, 10 thousand liters will be saved. So the average savings will be Rp45 million.
If it is done four times a month, savings will reach up to Rp180 million. "In a year, we shall save Rp2.1 billion," said Sofwan.
Sofwan is optimistic that if the movement is followed by about 500 thousand students from junior to senior high schools, the savings will be even tremendous. Moreover, the dream of breathing fresh, pollution-free air in Malang will come true.
Savings are also made in terms of power usage, air conditioning, and clean water. "All government offices must do this, except hospitals," said Sofwan.
With regard to the ban on the use of subsidized fuel for official vehicles, it has been implemented in line with the regulations of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
It turns out that the Office of Education has already implemented the policy of riding a cycle to the office every Friday. All employees in the office, including school teachers, use the bycicle. Some even ride public transportation or walk to the office. "I ride my bike to work," said Head of the Malang Education Office, Sri Wahyuningtyas.
The policy called Buddies of Earth Program is also being implemented in all schools in Malang City. Sri explain that maximum efforts are being made to minimize the use of motor vehicles. Employees of the Education Office who drive to work are required to park their cars far away from the office.