President Asks Minister Susi to Sink Foreign Ships that Steal Fish in Indonesian Teritory
Date 20 November 2014
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) says has instructed Minister of Maritime and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti to sink foreign ships that illegally fishing in Indonesian territory. It is a sanction believe to cause deterrent effect on them, in order to save our marine resources.
Sink their vessel, not just put them in detention, or our marine resources would finished, says President Jokowi while giving a briefing to participants of The 51th and 52nd Regular Education Program Of National Security Agency (Lemhanas) 2014, in Jakarta on Wednesday (18/11). A day before, Monday (17/11), Minister Susi Pudjiastuti reports to President Jokowi after her field trips to have detained three foreign ships that steal our fish in the waters of Berau in East Kalimantan.
President Jokowi expresses his concern on our fisherman in West Sulawesi as he found their cold storage empty because of no stocks available. Just as our country is an agricultural one, but almost all agricultural commodities such as soy, rice, fruit, vegetables and salt are imports, says President Jokowi. In addition, he tells about a meeting with President of Vietnam Truog Tan Sang. Our rice stock is still abundant. When do you want to buy it, says President Jokowi as imitating President Truog Tan Sang.
President Jokowi says that the experience reinforce his determination to realize Indonesia food self-sufficiency. I give Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman target to bring Indonesia to food self-sufficiency in three to four years. I take no excuse. Furthermore, a Minister should have target, says President Jokowi.
Also attending the event, Coordinating Minister of Politics Law and Security Tedjo Edhy Purdijanto, Coordinating Minister of Economy Sofyan Jalil, State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto, Commander of Indonesian Army General Moeldoko, Commander of Indonesian Police General Sutarman, and Governor of Lemhanas Budi S. Soepandji. (WID/ES)(Ifp).