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Jakarta Post

Man walks 800 km backward to ask Jokowi to save forest

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Tulungagung   /   Mon, July 22, 2019   /  08:20 pm
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Medi Bastoni, 43, starts his expedition from Tulungangung city park in East Java on July 18.(JP/Asip Hasani)

In an effort to campaign for the environment, a man is walking backward some 800 kilometers from Tulungagung, East Java to Jakarta to urge President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to plant trees in a village at the foot of Mount Wilis. Medi Bastoni, 43, who hails from Dono subdistrict in Sendang district started his expedition from the city park in front of the regent’s office at about 2:30 p.m. local time last Thursday. “I hope I can meet Pak Jokowi and join Independence Day celebrations on Aug. 17 at the Presidential Palace,” Medi told The Jakarta Post in Tulungagung. He said his expedition was also his way of celebrating Independence Day and the reelection of Jokowi.  “I also want to tell Pak Jokowi that development during his presidency can be felt by people living on the slope of Mount Wilis, for example better roads,&rd...