Environment minister responds to President’s criticism
The Jakarta Post
In response to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s criticism of the issuance of business-unfriendly regulations, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar says she never felt that she had issued regulations that caused problems for the business community.
Siti said on Monday she also never received any complaints from any businessman about regulations she had issued.
“No, I never heard that they [businesspeople] complained about regulations. Please, let me know, about what?” said Siti in Jakarta on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id.Read also: Don’t scare investors away, Jokowi tells ministers
Earlier on Monday, President Jokowi criticized Minister Siti and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan for issuing ministerial regulations that contravened the government's deregulation program to improve the ease of doing business in the country.
"What we need to do is improve the ease of doing business in this country. Ministerial regulations should always refer to the objective. They should not scare investors away," Jokowi said during the Cabinet meeting on Monday.
Siti said she was not warned by President Jokowi before the President expressed his criticism during the Cabinet meeting.
However, she said would soon check the ministerial regulations she had issued that the President believed had disrupted the investment climate. “I will check, I need to study this because the statement came from the President,” she added. (bbn)
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