Students of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia (UTI) channeled their aspirations to the Bandar Lampung Regional House of Representatives regarding the rising price of fuel oil (BBM).
The Student Executive Board (BEM) of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia assesses that the increase in fuel prices is burdensome for low-income people, which is already difficult to meet the necessities of life in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We express our concern over the increase in the price of fuel oil by the Indonesian government because it is very difficult for small people with low incomes,” said Chairman of the BEM of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia Akbar Maulana in a written statement, Wednesday (14/9/2022).
The increase in fuel prices will cause an increase in the level of general prices and basic daily needs and it is feared that it will cause inflation.
“On the other hand, we are also trying to understand the policy steps taken by this government which are not popular, which is likened to a simalakama fruit,” he explained.
BEM UTI conveyed several aspirations
to review the government’s policy to increase fuel prices through the following 5 statement points:
- We expect the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to be able to review and re-evaluate the policy of increasing fuel prices which can make the poor people suffer.
- We hope that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia can delay the increase in fuel prices until the people’s economic stability after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
- We expect the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to review the increase in fuel prices with a lower percentage increase than the current price.
- We expect the Government of the Republic of Indonesia so that the Direct Cash Assistance (BLT) can be implemented effectively and on target.
- We expect the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to take preventive measures for the negative impacts of the policies that have been decided.
“We convey this statement based on concerns about the current condition and economic stability of the people,” he said.
Another UTI student added that even if the price of fuel could not come back, at least it had to be balanced with the income earned by the community. So that in this case the UMR can be harmonized with the expenses of various needs that are increasing.
On the same occasion, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia M. Najib Dwi Satria, S.Kom., M.T. hope that what this student conveys can be accommodated.
“We hope that the aspirations of students can be conveyed to the government through the Bandar Lampung City DPRD,” said M Najib.
Bandar Lampung DPRD appreciates and accepts openly the aspirations of UTI students.
“I appreciate it, conveying its aspirations in a different way. A peaceful, conducive, elegant, and very beautiful way,” said Chairman of the DPRD Bandar Lampung Wiyadi.
This method is considered more effective because it can have a two-way dialogue. “God willing, what is conveyed by fellow students can be more openly accepted,” he said.
Also present in the distribution of aspirations were the Deputy Dean for Student Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Education and the Deputy Dean for Student Affairs FEB UTI and dozens of UTI students and a number of DPRD members were also present and accepted the aspirations of UTI students including the Deputy Chairperson III Edison Hadjar, SE. from the PAN Faction; Chairman of Bapemperda Sudibyo Putra, S.Hi. Nasdem Faction; and Hi. Handrie Kurniawan from PKS.