JAKARTA, JAKTIMES.COM – National Police Chief Gen. Pol. Listyo Sigit Prabowo ordered his staff to investigate allegations of smuggling of imported used clothes to Indonesia which had an impact on the disruption of the domestic textile industry.
The order follows President Joko Widodo’s instructions to investigate and find the root cause of the rampant import of used clothes into the country.
“Regarding the president’s instructions, I have instructed the ranks to carry out an investigation,” Sigit told reporters in Jakarta, Sunday.
He also asked all levels of the police to find the root of the problem and conduct an examination related to the emergence of these imported used clothes.
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The former head of Bareskrim Polri also stressed that if during the investigation it was found that there were smuggling practices, the police would not hesitate to take firm action against anyone involved.
“If later it is found that there was smuggling which was indeed prohibited by the government, I ask for strict action against it,” said Sigit.
This decisive action is a commitment from the ranks of the National Police in order to oversee and secure all government policy programs in order to maintain economic growth in the country, one of which is by protecting the domestic market.
“We, the ranks of the Polri institution, must really be able to oversee what is the President’s policy,” he said.
Previously, the Head of the Public Information Bureau (Karopenmas) of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Brigadier General Pol. Ahmad Ramadhan, Wednesday (15/3), conveyed that the National Police is collaborating with the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) and Customs and Excise to prevent the business of imported used clothing.
Ramadhan ensured that Polri is ready to cooperate and synergize with relevant stakeholders.
Bareskrim Polri has also coordinated with related parties to prevent the imported used clothing business.
“This effort will certainly adjust to the applicable laws and regulations,” said Ramadhan (Ant/Jaktimes)