TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Yugi Prayanto, the deputy chairman of Marine and Fishery Department at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), has asked the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf “JK” Kalla government to maintain fuel subsidy for fishermen, saying it was “a matter of life and death.”
Kadin noted that there would be a 20-percent diesel fuel subsidy cut for fishermen, reducing the total subsidy to 720,000 kiloliters from 900,000 kiloliters by the end of this year. The regulation issued by the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) states that the diesel fuel subsidy is prioritized for boats with deadweight of 30 gross tons (GT).
The new government, Yugi said, must ensure subsidized fuel availability for fishermen for the next five years.
“There should be no [fuel] supply uncertainty like today,” Yugi said.
A member of fishery and environment working group at the Jokowi-JK transition office, Laras Sati, promised she would forward Kadin’s suggestion to the next administration. She said one of the crucial matters in terms of fuel policy is to minimize fuel subsidy manipulation.