BP Batam should not be dissolved: Former minister

"BP Batam should not be dissolved. Do not abolish something which is already good," Muladi said.
Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) - It would be an incorrect measure if the government decides to dissolve the status of Batam from its current Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam), former Minister of Justice Prof Muladi has opined.

"BP Batam should not be dissolved. Do not abolish something which is already good," Muladi said here on Saturday.

BP Batam should be evaluated on its weaknesses, opportunities, constraints, and expectations imposed on the institution to make it better, according to him.

"An organization should learn from its shortcomings in order to become better. But do not disband it, just evaluate any shortcomings in order to be better," he suggested.

Regarding the overlapping authority between BP Batam and Batam City Administration on several things, including land management issues in Batam it can be coordinated by the two institutions, according him.

Meanwhile, chief of BP Batam Mustofa Widjaja expressed his readiness if President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called him again in an effort to decide the BP Batam status.

Previously, the home minister told the press in Riau Islands' city of Tanjungpinang about the governments plan to dissolve BP Batam.

Apart from that, Public Relations officer of BP Batam Andiantono Purnomo said the representative of Singapore had come to Batam to ask about the latest information regarding clarity on the status of Batam area following press reports over the issue.(*)

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