Press Release of IPA
17 June 2013, Jakarta
FUEL PRICE HIKE is an act of treason!
Indonesian Peoples Alliance and its members joint with thousand of workers and student movement yesterday in a rally in the front Indonesia Parliament building to reject the clause in the 2013 national budget that will revoke fuel subsidies. The end of the parliament meeting on that day (17/6) is to revoke fuel subsidies. IPA and its allied is condemn this decision, because this policy will trigger daily need prices for peoples consumption. Ahmad SH, spokesperson of IPA said, that this policy is failed to see the bigger picture of fuel issues in Indonesia.
“with this decision government is hand off from their responsibility to fulfill and respect socio-economic right of Indonesia citizen. The main problem of energy issues in Indonesia is the reality that natural resources of Indonesia is already monopolized by monopoly capitalism. To revoke the subsides is a treason act of government” said Ahmad SH that also from Walhi, Friend Of the Earth (FoE)-Indonesia.
Trade liberalization which already become Indonesian government mainstream on their economic and trade policy, is resulted to make majority Indonesia citizen (small peasant, workers, etc) become more vulnerable. Rudy HB Daman, from Federation of Independent Trade Union (IPA member) said, the small victory of workers movement that win 12% wage hike in national level, is become meaningless.
“workers life in this country is already like slave, we are being asked to work overtime with small wage, that sometimes its not enough to fullfill family basic needs, with this policy now we are definitely become slave, trade liberalization is ruining our life, daily need prices is so high, since the government do not have capacity to run national production for self sufficient orientation, there for we are being choked by import products that killed our fellow peasantry in rural area” said Rudi
Rahmat from Alliance for Agrarian Reform Movement (militant national peasant organization) said the policy to revoke fuel subsidy will increase cost production for peasantry. He was concern, that this policy will increasing poverty level in Indonesia, since majority from Indonesia population is peasantry and workers.
“This is crazy, just from 2008 fuel prices hike, in west java, prices for land rent is increase for 100%, and for peasantry land is their mean of production, so we could predict that what will happen in these coming following days, peasantry life will become more miserable, and with this condition theay are being asked to compete with import agriculture product in the name of trade liberalization? This decision is truly expressing the character of Indonesia government as the running dog of monopoly capitalism” explain Rahmat that also Deputy of General Secretary of Asian Peasant Coalition (APC)
Hary Sandy, general secretary of National Student Front, said parliament decision on fuel subsidies will be recorded by Indonesian peoples as act of treason, where peoples mandate is being manipulated for the benefit small group of peoples in this country.
“we will remember the policy, and majority of Indonesian peoples will learn from yesterday, those parties that are support the revoke policy will be left by its constituents, and for those who are against theirs act will be examine by the peoples through out the year toward 2014 general election, every acts and policy that were been made by them, each day is expose the true faces of political parties that will run for the upcoming election”