• Petitioning Sompie Singal

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Vice Regent of North Minahasa
Sompie Singal
Governor of North Sulawesi
Sinyo Harry Sarundajang
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
Jero Wacik
Marine Program Director - Conservation International
Dr. Tiene Gunawan
Marine Program Director - WWF
Wawan Ridwan
Dr. Stacey Tighe
Maurice Knight
Tristam Perry
Alfred Nakatsuma
Harry Lipper
Katherine O Valdez
Renerio Acosta
Ditjen Pulau-Pulau Kecil KKP
Agus Dermawan
Operational Director WWF Indonesia
Nazir Foead
WWF Indonesia
Veda Santiadji
Winston Bowman
WWF Indonesia
Lida Pet Soede
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Gov. @Sarundajang2014 & Bupati Sompie Singal: No mining on small islands. Save Bangka – North Sulawesi!

    1. Kaka Slank
    2. Petition by

      Kaka Slank

      Jakarta, Indonesia

I first heard about the mining plan of PT MMP in Bangka Island, early 2013 when I went there for the 2nd time. Chit-chat after diving. I jumped out of my seat and said NO WAY!!! Neveeeerrr!!

(Click here for Indonesian version!)

The 1st time I went to Bangka Island was my diving trip to Manado. The plan was to go diving in Bunaken, Manado Tua, and Lembeh. But my friend said “you gotta go to Bangka!” I directly thought of Bangka-Belitung. It turns out, it was close to Manado! ;) I went there straight away! That was March 2012

Now, I’ve been there 4 times! The nature is amazing! The underwater is one of the best, the soft coral makes the color of the sea bright blue. And its a small island! Based on the regulations*, any island under 200.000 hectares cannot be mined. And this is only 4700 hectares! So the mining plan of PT MMP (Mikgro Metal Perdana) is obviously illegal!

The Governor of North Sulawesi likes to claim that he is the “Green Governor”! Vice regent Sompie Singal also has to be responsible for this! I started this petition to push them to stop the mining, and save the island!

Last time I went there was Eid Mubarak. I went around the villages (which I didn’t think I was gonna go there). After having conversations with the locals, my God, they have been there for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.

Almost 100% of the locals are against the mining plan. They are fighting (as much as they can) so that there wont be mining in Bangka Island. They fully understand that it could ruin the ocean, and eventually their source of life and income as fishermen. They also know that with the shape of the island it could very well break and sink. 

# It would be disastrous if mining came to that island. # Lets move forward. Don’t be afraid. Don’t retreat. Tell your friends to support this petition and say no to PT MMP’s mining in Bangka Island!

From the environmental point of view: the waste would be overwhelming, from the rivers to the sea. The coral reefs would be destroyed, and the fish will dissapear. 

From the social side: Automatically, if the fish are gone, the livelihood of the community (as most are fishermen will be gone too! Not to mention the tremendous amount of eviction that will happen, who knows to where. All your life you live in your home, then suddenly you’re forced to move and start all over again. 

Thats why it’s important that we support Bangka Island and its inhabitants. Now its Bangka, next its other islands, before you know it our entire nature will be destroyed!

# Thank you for supporting #SaveBangkaIsland

Kaka “Slank”



*Related regulations:

— UU No. 27/2007 on Small Islands and Coastal Region Management. Bans mining activities for any islands smaller than 200.000 hectares

— UU No. 24/2007 on Disaster Management. Obligating vice regents to do a Disaster Risk Analysis for mining plans

— UU No. 32/2009 on Environmental protection and management. Obligating vice regents to do a strategic environmental study for spatial utilization. AMDAL documents needs to be a requirement for giving a permit for mining companies, and it needs to officially be open to the public

— UU No. 14/2008 on Public Information Transparency. Obligating vice regents to not omit information regarding policies on mining companies (such as PT Mikgro Metal Perdana)



Social Media Campaign #SaveBangkaIsland

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Further videoswww.youtube.com/user/SaveBangka 

Joint campaign: Kaka SLANK, Greenpeace, Change.org, WALHI Friends of the Earth Indonesia, AMMALTA Aliansi Masyarakat Menolak Limbah Tambang, 
LMND Liga Mahasiswa Nasional untuk Demokrasi Sulut & Tunas Hijau.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      Bangka Island now has an official Wikipedia page — due to the help of some constant working minds for the last 6 month on that! Thank you very much.

      If someone wants to translate this into Bahasa and prepare an Indonesian Wikipedia page — please feel free!


    5. Bangka Island: An Island under Threat

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

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      Kaka Slank
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    7. Participate in recommending candidates for Jokowi’s cabinet!

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      Friends of Bangka Island, currently Jokowi, president of Indonesia gives us an opportunity to participate in recommending candidates for the ministerial posts in his cabinet. We should take this opportunity by recommending the people who have shown their dedication to environmental issue to sit in Jokowi cabinet. Strategic positions for the environmental protection are the Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine, and Ministry of Environment.

      There are some names that are currently active in saving Bangka Island and have shown their dedication in protecting the environment also in other part of Indonesia: Longgena Ginting and Arifsyah M. Nasution (Greenpeace), Edo Rakhman (Walhi), Maria Taramen (Tunas Hijau), Arief Aziz and Usman Hamid (Change.org), Hendrik Siregar (JATAM), Wahyu Nandang Herawan (LBH) and Didi Koleangan (AMMALTA).

      These names could be taken into account if you would like to recommend leaders who care about the environment to sit in the Jokowi's cabinet.
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    8. Boycott of Media Online “Berita Kawanua — Preaching Independent Facts”!

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      All articles of BK (Berita Kawanua) will be banned and deleted in the Save Bangka Island campaign as a misuse of freedom of press is obvious!

      This online news channel has proven to be anything else as independent. Their articles about Bangka Island and the mining cause are not objective and neutral — but will be used by the mining company PT MMP to spread manipulated facts ignoring the real facts such as the verdict from the supreme court (MA) in Jakarta, the advice from UKP4 furthermore the Indonesian Law and the human rights violations.

    9. This is what happens when Harrison Ford meet Indonesian Minister of Foresty

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
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    11. Mining company attacks scuba diving tourists in Indonesia

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Mining company attacks scuba diving tourists in Indonesia

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    12. Indonesian villagers fear plans for new iron ore mine

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Indonesian locals protest new mine

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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Mining paradise

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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Mangrove experts urge restoration, regeneration of organic coasts

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    15. Reached 1,500 signatures
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      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      divemagindonesia.com | | Page 6

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    17. DIVEMAG #40 “Save Bangka North Sulawesi”

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      BATU GOSOH, Bangka. North Celebes It's true what they say, first impressions are everything. Batu Gosoh, a on the tiny island of Bangka in the Celebes sea, is a nothing if not a lovely introduction to the diving on the island.

    18. DIVEMAG #40 “Save Bangka North Sulawesi”

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      DIVING or MINING? The island of Bangka, in the Celebes Sea in North Sulawesi, already has two strikes against it. First, it's not the island you are thinking of. This Bangka is not the tin haven off the coast of Sumatra, ravaged by mining, it's an idyllic dive spot atop North Sulawesi, home to flamboyant cuttlefish, mystifyingly rare pontohi seahorses and throngs of pink pygmy seahorses.

    19. Bangka Island: An Island under Threat

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Bangka Island: An Island under Threat

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    20. Police fired shots today

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE by Kenneth Yeung: Police fired shots today, February 18, 2014, to disperse fishermen attempting to prevent a ship from transporting excavators and mining equipment to Bangka Island, witnesses said.

      Personnel from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) anti-riot police were aboard the LST ship, which was also escorted by a mainland militia group of thugs for hire called Brigade Manguni. Some of the militia had been sent to Bangka the previous day as part of the effort intimidate the islanders into accepting the illegal mining operation.

      Local fishermen came out in their boats in an effort to stop the ship from bringing the mining equipment. Police opened fire to scare them away and the ship eventually managed to land at Bangka.

      The security officials are now in “negotiations/intimidation process with the villagers”, said one local source. Islanders fear there will be bloodshed because corrupt …

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      Last Chance to See? | Indonesia Expat

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    21. Why the World Coral Reef Conference should not not take place in Manado

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      See English text below after Indonesian text version in here … http://basecamppetualang.blogspot.de/2014/02/mengapa-world-coral-reef-conference.html

      Mengapa World Coral Reef Conference Tidak Seharusnya Diselenggarakan di Manado

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    22. Kala Pekerja Tambang Didampingi Brimob Mulai Ukur Lahan di Pulau Bangka*

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer
      Kala Pekerja Tambang Didampingi Brimob Mulai Ukur Lahan di Pulau Bangka | Mongabay.co.id

      Tak berhenti di situ. Pada Senin (13/01/14), perdebatan serupa kembali terjadi. Warga terkejut melihat sejumlah pekerja tambang didampingi Brimob mengukur lahan di Desa Kahuku. Warga menilai, pengukuran lahan sembunyi-sembunyi. Mereka tak pernah diberitahu rencana pengukuran dan peruntukan lahan itu.

    23. Last Chance to See!

      Kaka Slank
      Petition Organizer

      An unspoiled island off the northern coast of Sulawesi is scheduled for partial destruction despite a Supreme Court ruling that it cannot be mined. Local villagers and operators of the island’s five small eco-resorts face an uncertain future. - See more at: http://jakartaexpat.biz/travel/last-chance-to-see/#sthash.7wI0zCYz.dpuf


    Reasons for signing

    • Dieter Moroff GERMANY
      • 4 days ago

      We have been diving in Banka this year. It was so incredible beautiful, please keep it for our children too.

    • Chris Barfoot WITNEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      Tourism is clearly of huge importance to the local people. Who is going to want to visit when it's just a mine? It's a short term gain which will leave an island totally ruined and a people with a vastly diminished source of income (I presume that like most mining projects the vast majority of profits will make it's way out of the country).

    • Charmaine Barrett AYLESBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      Such beauty has got to be preserved

    • Anna Erkinheimo HELSINKI, FINLAND
      • 9 days ago

      Marine life all over the world is in great danger and needs intense protection. Especially the Coral Triangle area inside which Bangka island is located, is one of the rare areas that still has rich marine life which we need to protect at all costs.

      • 9 days ago

      I love the area and the people


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