Backward, Edhy Prabowo's Ex-Men Proposed Lobster Exports Evaluated

Backward, Edhy Prabowo's Ex-Men Proposed Lobster Exports Evaluated

Chalid Muhammad. TEMPO / Dwi Narwoko

Chalid Muhammad. TEMPO / Dwi Narwoko

, Jakarta - Environmental activist, Chalid Muhammad, resigned from his position as Deputy Chairperson of the Conservation and Sustainability Commission of the Stakeholders and Public Consultation Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In his application, he delivered various messages for the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo .

One of them, Chalid suggested Edhy evaluate the lobster or shrimp seed export policy. "We would like to suggest to the Minister to evaluate whether it is now appropriate to export lobster seeds," Chalid said on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Chalid said that business actors have yet to appear to have prepared the facilities and infrastructure required for a serious cultivation program. In fact, the requirement for cultivation is one of the obligations of the exporter that has been regulated in Ministerial Regulation No. 12 of 2020.

Nevertheless, Chalid appreciated the commitment and policy of the Ministry which was pursuing cultivation of marine and fisheries resources. Moreover, Indonesia has been lagging behind other countries for decades.

Regarding the decision to withdraw from Edhy's special team, Chalid has stated several reasons. He considered that there needs to be an institutional separation between the Stakeholder Commission and the Public Consultation Team.

"Public consultation should be carried out by those who have the expertise of The Art of Facilitation and adhere to the principle of content neutral," he said.

Whereas those who have a direct interest in the policy to be consulted, for example representatives of fishing organizations and representatives of the business world, he said, should not be part of the institutions that hold public consultations.

Then, he said, representatives from fishing organizations, business actors, and other parties who have concerns about the KKP issue should be encouraged to join the Stakeholder Commission. They will later become KKP's partners.

The Stakeholder Commission election, said Chalid, can be done through the Maritime and Fisheries Congress. In this way, the participants involved become broader and the institutions become more independent.

Further consideration, Chalid is currently still active as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indonesian Traditional Fishermen Association (KNTI). "Our organization has a direct interest in every policy issued by the CTF," he said. Because of this, KNTI could have supported the KKP's policy. But when the policy needs to be criticized and disadvantaged fishermen, KNTI will oppose.

Even though he is retreating, Chalid is certain that he will continue to contribute to advancing the lives of fishermen and the maritime sector. He also viewed the formation of a Public Consultation team as a good process in formulating policies. "The new tradition in this KKP deserves appreciation from all parties. We hope that KKP will continue to maintain this good process, "he said.


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