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Ombudsman Asks Government To Immediately Hold Market Operations

CNN Indonesia | Friday, 24/05/2019 10:15 WIB

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia - The Ombudsman asked the government to immediately conduct market operations in regions where the prices of basic commodities are still above the Highest Retail Price (HET). This was done to maintain the purchasing power of the people ahead of Eid."We are worried that if prices rise too high after Eid al-Fitr falls lower as a result of uncontrolled inflation," said Ombudsman Member Ahmad Alamsyah Saragih when breaking the fast with the media crew at the Ombudsman Building on Thursday (23/5).

The Ombudsman, continued Ahmad, has an interest in seeing the effectiveness of the price stability efforts carried out by the government. For this reason, on May 17, 2019, the central Ombudsman and 34 representative offices in the regions simultaneously conducted inspections of 10 basic commodities throughout Indonesia. Inspection, according to him, was carried out by the method of direct interviews with vegetable traders, meat traders, and groceries. From the inspection, the Ombudsman found several important findings. One of them is a commodity that has a tendency to increase prices such as medium rice commodities and broiler chicken meat. For medium rice, the average price is still above HET except in Southeast Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Papua. While broiler chicken prices are still above HET except Aceh, North Sumatra (North Sumatra), and Riau. Prices in the other half of the province are already below the HET.

The Ombudsman also found a tendency towards stable prices for sugar (bulk) commodities, cooking oil (bulk), local beef, eggs and shallots. For bulk sugar, the average price is still above HET except Aceh, South Sumatra (South Sumatra), West Java (West Java) and Central Java (Central Java). Meanwhile, in other regions such as North Sumatra (North Sumatra), Riau, Jambi, and East Java (East Java) approach HET. Then, the average price of cooking oil (bulk) is still above HET except in Aceh, South Sumatra, Banten, Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY), West Kalimantan (West Kalimantan), Central Kalimantan (Central Kalimantan), and South Sulawesi (South Sulawesi).Then local beef, the average price in all regions is above HET. Furthermore, the average price of eggs is still above HET except Aceh, North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Bangka-Belitung (Babel), and East Java. While the price of shallots in some provinces is still above HET such as Papua, Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra.

Meanwhile, the price of garlic which had reached Rp. 80 thousand to Rp. 100 thousand tended to decline dramatically. But the average price is still above the Government Policy Price (HKP) except in Central Java and East Java. In addition to conducting market operations, the Ombudsman also advised the central government to immediately coordinate with the regional government to ensure the smooth supply chain. Thus, the government can ensure that the availability of basic commodities is fulfilled since H-10 Lebaran. It can also help the government maintain price stability for some commodities that have a tendency to rise.