Bahlil Lahadalia, visiting the school hit by tear gas in Rempang: already studying as usual

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Minister of Investment and Head of the Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia visited two schools, namely SD Negeri 024 Galang and SMP Negeri 22 Batam during his working visit to Batam, Riau Islands. The two schools were hit by tear gas during the chaos between police and residents Eccentric on September 7, 2023.

Bahlil said his presence at the two schools was to ensure that the teaching and learning process of students went smoothly after the chaos. “I came to school so that there would be no strange perceptions on social media. After checking two schools hit by tear gas, I am now at school as usual. Here they laugh with me,” he said on Monday September. 18 2023 .

Chaos erupted on Rempang Island when BP Batam officials came to take land measurements. Residents who rejected plans to clear the land for Rempang Eco City have been involved in clashes with police.

When the clashes occurred, the children ran away as tear gas was fired at their school. The elementary school teachers, in fact, had asked that tear gas not be thrown towards the school. Teachers also had several students run out the back door of the school.

Amid the chaos on Rempang Island, eleven children were rushed to Batam District Hospital after experiencing eye pain, dizziness, weakness and shortness of breath due to exposure to tear gas.

Bahlil also responded and will reconsider the request of the students of the two schools not to evict their schools. “Yes, we will evaluate all this. God willing lah. “We all have a heart,” she said.

Previously, a student told Bahlil that her school would not be evicted. In connection with the development plan of Rempang Eco City, the government will effectively relocate residents’ villages and other public facilities.


However, Bahlil stressed that he would not dismantle the ancestral tombs of the Malay community on Rempang Island. “As for the tombs of our predecessors, I will not allow them to be dismantled. Later this will be fenced, a gate will be built, so it will be convenient to make pilgrimages,” she said.

His party also proposed that the central government establish a museum on the island to showcase the identity of the Malay community on Rempang Island. “This is still a process, it has not been approved by the center,” Bahlil said.

Regarding the plight of students in Rempang, Deputy for Special Child Protection at the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPPPA) Nahar said that children on Rempang Island may have suffered trauma because they were victims of riots. “When you look at what happened yesterday, it is possible that children may experience trauma or anxiety after experiencing this incident,” he said in his statement.

Nahar believes that children affected by the riots on Rempang Island need assistance to prevent prolonged psychological impacts. In addition to this, strengthening the school and parents is necessary so that they can support the recovery of the child’s condition and strengthen the supervision and protection of children in order to anticipate the recurrence of the accident.

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