Friday, August 04, 2006

Taking back Cepu

So, the ultranationalists think taking the Cepu to court is the way to go. They even have a spooky name: "Tambang Negara" (state mining), an acronym of "Tim Advokasi untuk Merebut Kembali Blok Cepu demi Bangsa dan Negara" (a legal team to confiscate Cepu block for the sake of the country).

The team is suing 1) Indonesian Government, 2) Pertamina, 3) ExxonMobil Indonesia, 4) BP Migas, 5) Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises.

Tambang Negara argues that the Cepu agreement has caused "the loss of opportunity to gain the maximum welfare from (exploiting the) oil and gas contained in Cepu Block". Heroic.

Well. Good luck with that.

Then please also, for the sake of the country, confiscate Freeport's Timika, Newmont's Nusa Tenggara and Minahasa, Inco's Soroako, and so forth. Because we had the opportunity! But it was stolen by the damn foreigners!

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