Text your say: Gold mine attack
Your comments on an attack against a PT Sorikmas mine in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra, by residents after long-standing land disputes:
Land disputes between residents and PT Sorikmas Mining are an example of the poor land administration system in Indonesia. We must improve it before something worse happens.
Of course, the people were forced and depressed by their conditions.
Bogor, West Java
My husband’s mining site has been green from the very start.
We believe in environmental preservation.
We help the people close to the mining site to use the site for vegetables and fruit trees. It’s a win — win solution.
These requests sound like blackmail, intimidation and anarchy.
Mass arrests and jail time might restore respect for common sense and proper ethics, which is what these people are poor in.
Well they spoiled it for the rest of us. They will complain now that they have no living.
I am in the mining industry and I see it all the time.
Do you think that the local government officials pay attention to the fate of the people?
To undertake mining operations in a densely populated area is a risky, expensive enterprise. Any land dispute should be settled first and the local people should have an opportunity to work with the mining company.
It is a basic principle that a mining company should create a conducive working environment.
Obviously, PT Sorikmas has not fulfilled those prerequisites to guarantee a peaceful effective operation.
Because mining is so destructive, the earth can never be repaired. We must find alternatives.
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