BONSERNEWS.com – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it was investigating the alleged smuggling of 5 million tons of nickel ore illegally sent from Indonesia to China.
This activity is thought to have taken place from 2020 to 2022, and cost the state tens of trillions of rupiah.
Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Energy and Coal Suppliers (ASPEBINDO) Anggawira, asked law enforcement to thoroughly investigate allegations of illegal smuggling of millions of tons of nickel ore sent to China.
“The practice of illegally sending nickel ore to China is not only detrimental to the country, but also to us industry players who comply with government regulations. We ask law enforcement officials, including the Corruption Eradication Committee, to investigate and thoroughly investigate fraudulent practices like this,” said Anggawira in Jakarta, Sunday, July 2, 2023.
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The government itself has banned the export of raw nickel abroad since January 2020, in accordance with the mandate of the Mineral and Coal Law (Minerba) number 4 of 2009.
As a player in the mineral and coal industry, he fully supports the government’s policy of banning the export of raw minerals in order to add value added.
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And this smuggling, especially in the very large amount of 5 million tons, must be investigated whether there is a practice of ‘flirting’ between businessmen and other government agencies.
“Millions of tons is not a small amount,” said the man who also serves as Secretary General of the BPP of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI).
Anggawira asked for a thorough investigation and all parties proven guilty should be given the appropriate punishment.
“This hurts the spirit of downstreaming, which is President Joko Widodo’s big dream,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the nickel ore that was illegally exported to China is thought to have come from mines located in Sulawesi and North Maluku. The two regions are the largest mining producers in Indonesia. ()