Nur Azizah, Christopher Harindra • 06 Februari 2020 11:59
Jakarta: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered the TNI Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief General Idham Azis to remove the Regional Police Chiefs and Military Commanders who fail to prevent forest and land fires (karhutla). The same policy will also be applied to other local military and police officials.
"I will definitely call the Armed Forces Commander and National Police Chief if there is a fire in a small are that can potentially grow," Jokowi said at the State Palace, Central Jakarta on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
"So, if there is a small fire in the village, immediately look for a bucket, put it out," said Jokowi.
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The former Governor of DKI Jakarta does not want forest fires to increase every year. Forest and land fires burned 2.5 million hectares in 2015.
The number dropped to 150 thousand hectares in 2017. However, the number then increased to 590 thousand hectares in 2018.
"What's wrong? The number had already gone down. Then it went up again in 2019 to 1.5 million hectares. Are not enough officials getting fired?" he asked.
Jokowi asked all regional officials to anticipate forest and land fires. He did not want this problem to continue and burn millions of hectares of land.