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‘Get your act right', plaintiffs fume as government ignores air pollution hearing

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  05:17 pm
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Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Aug. 19. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Residents and activists have demanded that the government take seriously an air pollution lawsuit filed against it nearly two months ago by fed-up residents, as the legal proceedings have yet to move forward as the court keeps adjourning the hearing. The plaintiffs, grouped under Tim Advokasi Gerakan Ibokota (Jakarta Advocacy Movement Team) urged the defendant to prepare better for the next court hearing, deeming that the current efforts of the Jakarta administration to mitigate air pollution were still not enough. The Central Jakarta District Court commenced the first hearing on Aug. 1, assessing compliance of administration requirements by both the plaintiffs and defendants. The lawsuit filed by the group was addressed to the President, the Environment and Forestry Minister, Health Minister, Home Minister as well as the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java. However, the ...