Read also: Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuitOne of the plaintiffs, Khalisah, argued that the government’s handling of air pollution under Government Regulation (PP) No. 41/1999 on air pollution control was outdated and did not meet current standards.“The provisions in the PP are far below the quality standards set by the World Health Organization. The government should not ignore WHO recommendations, especially during the current pandemic,” Khalisah said in a statement on Monday.Another plaintiff, urban analyst Elisa Sutanudjaja, said that besides encouraging a “new normal” in dealing with the government response to COVID-19, the government should also encourage a “new norm” of reducing air pollution levels. Activists have criticized the slow process of a historic Jakarta air pollution lawsuit, which remains unresolved a year after it was first filed on July 4, 2019.The lawsuit, directed at seven state officials, initially received a positive response from the Jakarta administration. However, no agreement has been reached even after five mediation meetings inside the courtroom and two outside the courtroom.The activists, grouped under the Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative, urged the government officials to show “a serious attitude” in guaranteeing the right to healthy living. “[The government should] prioritize non-motorized transportation, as well as public transportation, instead of motorized vehicles,” Elisa said.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) advocacy team member Ayu Eza Tiara said there were many reports predicting that, by 2030, air pollution levels in the city could increase up to 30-fold, damaging residents’ physical and psychological health, as well as the economy.“There is no excuse for the government to ignore the right to a clean and healthy environment. There is no need to wait for a legally binding ruling for the government to start thinking about the right efforts,” Ayu said.“The lawsuit from the citizens should be a strong warning for the government to overcome the air pollution issue, and carry out the duties and functions as mandated in the Constitution.”Read also: Air pollution returns as activity back to normalThe lawsuit was filed against seven state officials, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the environment and forestry minister, the home minister, the health minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java.The move was made in response to the severe air pollution in Jakarta, which stems mostly from vehicle emissions, factories and coal-fired power plants.Topics :
A CLINICAL spell of off -spin bowling from Malteenoes Sports Club skipper Steven Jacobs coupled with a solid half century by Jerimiah Scott and four first innings wickets from fast bowler Keon Morris led the Malteenoes Sports Club to a dominant opening day in their clash against the Transport Sports Club at the Police Sports Club ground.Twenty-five wickets fell on Saturday, including 15 from the Transport team in the opening day of the 2019 GISE, Star Party Rental Trophy Stall First Division two-day cricket competition.When play continues today, Malteenoes will hunt a further four wickets in their quest to register an innings victory.Transport never had an answer to their opponent’s bowling attack. It was only a spirited knock of 47 from Charwayne McPherson, which prevented a total batting collapse when they won the toss yesterday morning and took first strike. While the opener was lacing the boundary with strokes (seven in total), wickets were tumbling at the other end as Morris extracted pace and bounce from the pitch.Just before the morning session ended, Transport declared at 101-9 from 34.4 overs, only Akeem Redmond with three fours defied the bowling to support McPherson with a score of 17.Morris finished with 4-22 from nine overs, while Guyanese all-rounder Jacobs and leg-spinner Wayne Bollers supported with two wickets each.Despite the advantage, Transport fought back and were able to bowl out Malteenoes, but not before Scott and Morris had played their hands.Scott, batting at six, belted nine fours and a six in a top score of 61, while Morris, batting at nine, hit three fours and a six in a score of 36, as Malteenoes reached 193 before they were bowled out in 53.3 overs.Skipper Kevin Ross, Joel Spooner, Redmond and A. Clark took two wickets each for Transport.Despite the fight back, the Transport batsmen could not read Jacobs in the second innings and were struggling at 51-6 from 18 overs at the close of play, still in arrears of Malteenoes’ first innings lead of 92.Jacobs bowled a stifling line and length to pick up 5-18 from eight overs.R. Singh with 14 and 13-year-old Alvin Mohabir, (6) on his first-division debut, are still at the crease.