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Scene: Govt ‘lacks commitment’ in illegal logging

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 28 2011   /  08:00 am

JAKARTA: A member of the House of Representatives Commission IV Ma’amur Hasanuddin has blamed the failure to pass the illegal logging bill on the government’s lack of commitment to resolve problems surrounding Indonesia’s forests.

“It is hard to believe that the government would suspend deliberation of the bill due to its disagreement with the Forest Destruction Eradication Agency [BP2H] over responsibility for implementation,” he said as quoted by Antara.

According to Ma’amur, the government had refused to grant BP2H the authority to implement the illegal logging bill arguing that such authority belonged to the police and the attorney general.

Ma’amur said that the presence of an agency that specifically monitors the implementation of the bill would help legal enforcers perform their duties in curbing illegal logging.

“The Forestry Ministry mu...