TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called on producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), including Pertamina and private companies, to prioritize domestic needs.
“I have ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises to seek permanent solutions to this issue,” he said in a video statement, Monday, January 3.
He underlined the government required private companies, state-owned enterprises, and their subsidiaries in the mining, plantations, and other natural resource production sectors to meet domestic needs first before exporting.
“This is a mandate of Article 33 paragraph 3 of the 1945 Constitution that the earth, water, and natural resources contained therein shall be controlled by the state and used for people's maximum welfare,” the state head remarked.
Other than the LNG issue, he also touched on issues regarding coal supply. He thus instructed the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the SOE Ministry, and PLN to immediately figure out the best way out of the coal supply shortage for state-owned electricity firm or PLN's steam power plant (PLTU).
As for the rising price of cooking oil caused by the high price of crude palm oil or CPO in the export market, Jokowi ordered the Trade Minister to ensure the stable price of domestic cooking oil. “Once again, the government's main priority is the needs of the people,” he said.