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JAKARTA (JP): Several non-governmental organizations panned on Wednesday the government's plan to lease thousands of uninhabited islets to foreign investors.
Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) chairwoman Emmy Hafild blasted the proposal as a desperate attempt by the government to raise money from foreigners.
She warned the government would be unable to control the exploitation of the areas once they were occupied.
"When people only rent a place, they won't be sufficiently aware of the responsibility to take good care of it," Emmy told The Jakarta Post.
"Take the Freeport (PT Freeport Indonesia in Irian Jaya) case, for example. …