TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has revoked licenses of about a dozen companies operating under six groups.
“Today, we revoked licenses of several companies, including those of Mabiru Grup and Dwi Karya. It has been reported [to the president],” Susi said at the Presidential Palace after meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday, June 22, 2015.
Susi explained that the license revocation was due to illegal fishing and slavery practices committed by the companies. In addition, the companies also violated regulations concerning taxation. Dwi Karya, for instance, has hundreds of ships but only obtained licenses for 68 of them.
“Cases related to tax evasions have been handed over to the Finance Ministry,” Susi said.
According to Susi, Jokowi instructed her to improve the national fishing industry so that it would benefit Indonesian fishermen.
“Mr. President was frustrated at seeing the country’s maritime resources stolen by foreigners,” Susi said.