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Jakarta Post

Too hot to handle: How the lobster’s rise has led to a minister’s downfall

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 3, 2020   /  06:15 pm
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A member of the People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) holds up a wooden fish ornament on July 13, 2020 during a protest in front of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry in Jakarta. KIARA was protesting Ministry Regulation No. 12/2020 that reversed a previous ban on lobster larvae exports and the use of 'cantrang' (seine nets).(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A graft probe by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) into a case that implicates Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo in relation to the ministry’s export policy for lobster larvae, has put the spotlight on the highly prized commodity. The KPK on Nov. 26 named Edhy as a suspect in the case along with six other individuals, in connection with its investigation into alleged bribery in exchange for export permits. Edhy is the architect of the export policy, which he issued in May to effectively reverse the ban his predecessor Susi Pudjiastuti had imposed on exporting lobster larvae. The Gerindra Party politician is the first minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second-term Cabinet to be nabbed by the antigraft body. The KPK had named two ministers in the President’s first-term Cabinet, then-social affairs minister Idrus Mar...