TIME.CO, Jakarta – Epidemiologist from the Faculty of Public Health at the University of Indonesia (FKM-UI), Pandu Riono, said the government’s decision highlighted Luhut Pandjaitan as coordinator for air pollution management it is the right step, because he is a firm and courageous figure.
“Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is reckless and courageous and wants to correct himself if he makes a mistake,” he confirmed in Jakarta, Monday 4 September 2023.
He said alleviating the air pollution problem that has raged in Jabodetabek and its surroundings since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak until now requires a firm leader in developing mitigation strategies and imposing sanctions to offenders.
He called China the right country to use as a reference for pollution control in Indonesia. The reason is that China is a country that is determined to tackle pollution problems.
“China is an authoritarian country. So if there is an emission source that has been proven to violate it, just shut it down. Then they have a good public transportation system, everyone complies, if no legal action is taken,” he said. said.
Pandu suggested that the main thing the Indonesian government needs to do to overcome the air pollution problem is to fix it firmly at the source of the pollution.
“Once the source is resolved, the public is informed every day of the air quality index like in Bangkok. Every time I buy a travel ticket there is a notice and I am given a mask,” he said.
According to him, it is not possible to immediately solve the pollution problem through policies that are not based on science.
“Now, while there’s an ASEAN meeting or something and there’s no traffic jams, then there’s an agency policy for workers to work from home. That doesn’t solve the pollution problem,” he said. said.
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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has been appointed by President Joko Widodo to lead operations to manage air pollution in and around Jakarta as of Monday (28/8).
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut said it would take up to a year to resolve the air pollution problem.
“We are all working now in an integrated way and our advice is not to blame each other because this will not be over in a month or two. It could take three years or even a year before it is over,” he said.
Luhut’s three strategies to overcome this problem air pollutionthat is, accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, controlling carbon emissions, providing water mist generators or high-pressure water pumps.
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