Indonesia’s Consumer Protection Watchdog Calls for Boycott on Companies Related to Recent Forest Fires

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Indonesian Consumers Association Foundation or YLKI calls for public to stop buying products from companies involved on forest and land fires.

Chair of YLKI Tulus Abadi demanded for the government to be transparent in revealing the culprit, especially if it was related to corporations and their subsidiaries.

Tulus added that consumers were obliged morally not to buy products as a result of destroying the environment.

“This boycott, if massively done, can become an effective social punishment for ‘naughty’ companies which causing environmental damages,” he said to Greeners in Jakarta, on Monday (26/10).

Furthermore, Tulus announced that YLKI had set up a public haze disaster aid post which receives supports such as masks, medicines, food, and other mat.

These aids can be sent to YLKI’s office at Jl. Pancoran Barat VII No. 1 Duren Tiga, South Jakarta. Telephone numbers are (021) 7971378 and (021) 7981858 or Fax (021) 7981038. Or, contact the aid post’ coordinator Agus Suyatno at 0818 0828 6535.

Meanwhile, money donations can be transferred to YLKI II Pasar Minggu account 035-3-80546-8

“Aids can also be sent through YLKI’s partners in Banjarmasin of South Kalimantan located at Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Second Floor, Nomor 17-25 or contact Yusrin at 0823 5897 4545,” he added.

The National Agency on Disaster Mitigation or BNPB said that haze disaster resulted from land forest fires were still going on and spreading and have claimed lives. At least ten people were killed and no less than 500,000 people were affected by acute respiratory problems.

Report by Danny Kosasih

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