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UPDATED: 14:25, January 18, 2007
Indonesia urged to reform transport system after disasters
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The Indonesian transport labor unions have called on the government to ensure the implementation of the international safety standards following recent major disasters in sea, air and land transports, a report said Thursday.

The latest accident occurred Tuesday, when an overcrowded economy-class train derailed and killed five passengers in Central Java.

Two ferries sank last month in separate accidents, leaving about 400 people dead or missing.

On the New Year's Day, a Boeing 737-400 went missing with 102 people onboard, believed to have crashed in the Sulawesi waters.

The unions said the government should not wait for more deaths to overhaul the country's aging transport fleets and poorly regulated transportation system, reported major national newspaper The Jakarta Post.

More specifically, the International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to replace Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Sugiharto.

"The two ministers have not only failed to repair the out-of- date system, they have also refused to resign," ITF Indonesian executive Hanafi Rustandi was quoted as saying.

The increasing accidents were related to the government policy allowing private companies to operate old aircraft, ships and buses, coupled with corrupt bureaucracy unable to uphold safety regulations, he said.

Source: Xinhua


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