Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo stressed that the law enforcement apparatus should handle forest arsonists without compromise.

"I call for the application of law enforcement measures without compromise. The National Police chief knows what to do. We have done it before," the head of state noted while giving instructions to participants of the 2021 National Coordination Meeting for Forest and Land Fire Control at the State Palace here on Monday.

The head of state emphasized that anyone, who sets fire to forests, will face legal repercussions, with strict sanctions slapped by the civil and criminal administration.

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"Do not let it bring shame upon us at ASEAN meetings. I order this. We are ashamed, as (they might) think we cannot solve this problem," the president stressed.

Widodo also spoke of adhering to his policy to replace regional military and police commanders if they fail to prevent or put out forest fires in their regions.

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Translator: Rangga PAJ, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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