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SBY wants mudflow victims paid

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Sidoarjo, East Java   /   Tue, March 30 2010   /  08:52 am

The President has instructed Lapindo Brantas Inc. to speed up the paying of compensation to victims of the mudflow, even though the firm, controlled by the group of  the powerful Golkar chairman, is legally not guilty of the disaster. The statement could be seen as renewing tension between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Aburizal Bakrie, in the aftermath of strong signs of their coalition falling apart. During his second visit to the disaster site on Monday, President Yudhoyono inspected a former drilling site where the mudflow was reported to have occurred in 2006.“The process of paying compensation is ongoing,” he said on the sidelines of the inspection. “I ask everyone to coordinate to speed up the payment.” The mudflow started in May 2006 at the time Lapindo Brantas, owned by Aburizal’s Bakrie Group,  drilled into the ground in parts of the area.  He w...