Fish Mafias Fiercer than Oil and Gas Mafias: Faisal Basri

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Faisal Basri, the former chief of the Oil and Gas Governance Reform Team, said that he was currently helping Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti eradicate fish mafias. Faisal Basri will join the anti-illegal fishing task force led by Mas Achmad Santosa. 

    According to Faisal, the anti-illegal fishing team would be fiercer than the anti-oil and gas mafia team. 

    “Since their lives would be at stake, the team must be more aggressive,” Faisal said at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 

    The anti-illegal fishing team, Faisal added, would roll out investigations into how fish mafias run their operation. According to Faisal, the investigations had also shed light on slavery cases involving people who thrived during President Soeharto’s era. 

    “There was Burha Uray. I [am not afraid of] revealing his name. He was the king of the jungle,” Faisal said.

    After deforesting an island, Faisal revealed, Burhan’s estate was used as a slavery camp and illegal fish storage. Faisal said he had obtained the data, including those who were involved in illegal fishing.

    “I will ask Minister Susi whether I can reveal the data, including the map,” Faisal said.

    ALI HIDAYAT