Feel Free to Sanction the Cooking Oil Mafia, Says AGO

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Not only (those) at the Director General level, if there are violations found committed by members of the Ministry of Commerce bureaucracy, then they must be (sanctioned) and prosecuted under applicable laws including the Ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – House of Representatives Committee III Member Didik Mukrianto has urged the Attorney General’s Office not to hesitate to take action against those involved in the cooking oil case, whatever they are.

“Not just (those) at the Director General level, if there are violations found committed by members of the Commerce Department bureaucracy, then they must be (sanctioned) and prosecuted under applicable laws, including including the minister (if he comes to her),” Mukrianto said.

Everyone involved in the cooking oil affair must be exposed because it caused so many problems for people, he added.

Without them, it would be impossible for Indonesia, the biggest producer of crude palm oil, to cope with a shortage of cooking oil, he noted.

“Very tragic. Even the president was furious with the Minister of Commerce once, who couldn’t solve (the case). The cooking oil mafia must be stopped immediately, (and traced) until to its roots,” he added.

He said he supports all ongoing legal action, especially against a state official who abused his seat for his own gain.

Morally and ethically, a public servant is expected to help the people first during difficult times, he added.

Therefore, the law must be enforced against anyone who puts people under pressure due to the shortage of cooking oil, he added.

He called on law enforcement to take firm and measurable action to create a deterrent effect to protect the public from these people.

The Attorney General’s Office has named four suspects in the alleged case of the allocation of export permits for crude palm oil and its derivatives, including cooking oil, between January 2021 and March 2022, which triggered a shortage of cooking oil.

The four suspects have been identified as the Director General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana; Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Permata Hijau Group, Stanley MA; curator of PT Wilmar Nabati Indonesia, Master Parulian Tumanggor; and General Manager of General Affairs of PT Musim Mas, Picare Togar Sitanggang. (INE)

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