TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti asserted plastic is one type of waste that is difficult to decompose, even though it has been taking years. Susi said she would like to ‘drown’ those who recklessly disposed of waste, especially plastic ones, to the sea.
"Those who pollute the sea and use disposable bottles, just sink them," said the minister when met at Pantai Timur Ancol, North Jakarta, August 18.
Susi then appealed to all people to use reusable tumbler and straw for drinking. “Bring with you a durable water bottle. If a thousand people here say no to plastic straws and disposable bottle, there will be a thousand less plastic waste every day. This is amazing, isn’t it? Let alone [this action] is followed by our children, grandchildren, friends and all,” she added.
Minister Susi also called all people to preserve the sea together. “We can progress faster in such mutual cooperation,” she remarked.
According to her, when the sea is free from waste, Indonesia’s sea production will increase. “Let’s clean the ocean so the sea is healthy and has lots of fish for the Indonesian people.”
Susi Pudjiastuti went on to say that 74 percent of Indonesia's territory is the ocean, and it is the source of protein for the country’s future human resources. “Because fish is a protein source that is easy to find and has extraordinary quality as it contains omega 3,” she concluded.