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The atmosphere at PT GNI Morowali Utara is conducive, the community can return to their normal activities


Morowali — The current atmosphere around PT GNI, North Morowali, Central Sulawesi has returned to being conducive. The whole community can return to their normal activities.

The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD stated that the situation in North Morowali Regency, North Sulawesi was conducive after the rioting between workers at PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry (GNI) last Saturday (14/1).

Furthermore, he also hopes that people can calm down and return to their activities as before.

“The government hopes that all people will calm down and return to normal life as usual, because at this time, when I convey this statement and appeal, the situation in Morowali is conducive,” he said.

Firmly, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs admitted that currently the apparatus together with the Regional Government and PT GNI itself are continuing to seek a solution regarding this incident.

The Indonesian government, as Mahfud MD said, will also continue to guarantee the fulfillment of workers’ rights in accordance with constitutional provisions.

Not only that, PT GNI is advised to be more open so that the Government can obtain data on all workers and also on how security is implemented within the company’s environment.

The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs also appealed to PT GNI to be more professional and to be able to ensure conducive work takes place so that clashes like this do not happen again.

“Then companies must be more professional in ensuring that conducive work occurs so that clashes do not occur between groups of workers,” he said.

In the same vein, Dandim 1311 Morowali, Lt. Col. Inf Constantinus Rusmanto firmly denied the existence of skewed rumors which stated that it seemed as if the atmosphere at PT GNI was still tense.

“That is not true. This guarantee of security certainty also needs to be spread to other regions because after the incident, this has greatly affected large investments in Morowali,” he said.

According to Dandim Constantinus, it is very important at this time to continue to spread positive information to the public. This is related to post-conflict recovery efforts that occurred.

He also asked for help from the sub-district head and village head to continue to appeal to residents and community leaders, including immigrants, not to be easily provoked by negative issues that are still circulating.

The reason is, according to Lt. Col. Constantinus, during the clash at PT GNI there was an attempt to create a SARA conflict.

“This is actually a peaceful action carried out by workers, but ridden for other interests. There are efforts to create SARA (ethnic, religious, racial, and intergroup) conflicts, both within North Morowali and between foreign workers (TKA) and Indonesian employees. Collaboration is needed across sectors to prevent problems like this,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo, also agreed that the situation in North Morowali is now conducive. According to him, this cannot be separated from the Police’s efforts to continue to seek dialogue between the relevant parties.

“The dialogue effort presents various parties involved, such as from labor unions and companies,” explained Dedi.

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