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Jakarta Post

Graft, illegal practices plague coal mining in South Sumatra

  • Kharisar Kahfi and Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Palembang   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  11:13 am
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Heavy equipment is operated at a coal mine in East Kalimantan.(JP/Indra Harsaputra)

Widespread illegal coal mining activities in South Sumatra are estimated to have caused millions of dollars in state losses, a recent antigraft agency investigation has found.  The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found in August that the transport of illegally mined coal in the province, through Lampung, had been going on for years. Dian Patria, the KPK’s regional coordinator for graft prevention coordination and supervision, said the agency had initially investigated a tipoff pertaining to unauthorized coal mines in South Sumatra. Later, the antigraft body’s team found that the commodity was being transported using a 10 ton truck from Muara Enim regency to Lampung through Martapura district, where unidentified people joined the convoy to safeguard the transport.  In Lampung, the coal is transported by a 25 ton truck to factories or to Bakauhen...