JNE: Rice packages not hoarded but buried as it had started to go bad

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JNE and their lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea held a press conference to clarify the finding of buried rice packages that were supposed to be distributed to communities impacted by Covid-19. (IO/Umamah)

Jakarta, IO – Logistics company PT Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE) represented by his lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea exercised its right of reply in the finding of presidential aid packages being buried on a plot of land in Depok.

They emphasized that the rice was not hoarded, but buried because it had gone bad. “JNE has never hoarded rice from the president’s aid program. They disposed of the spoiled rice by burying it,” said Hotman Paris at a press conference in Jakarta, Thursday (4/8).

Hotman explained that out of a total of 6,199 tons of rice that was slated to be distributed to 11 sub-districts in Depok, 3.4 tons were spoiled due to technical challenges on the ground such as weather and handling.

The damaged packages, continued Hotman, had been replaced by JNE by ordering new rice from PT SSI (Storesend Elogistic Indonesia) as the government’s social assistance distribution partner and they had been delivered to the intended recipients.