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PUBLIC AND STUDENTS REJECTS FUEL PRICE HIKE

Besides trying to see political parties’ response, Indonesia Media Monitoring Centre (IMMC) also try to see the response from various element of the nation about the plan for fuel price hike. IMMC divide the national element into several parts: the observer, private, states, public and students.

From IMMC’s finding, it indicates that there are 171 coverage from observers as a response toward this matter. From that amount, 45% are being supportive (to the plan for fuel price hike). Meanwhile, 32% observers are against the plan and 22.8% of the observers tend to be neutral.

From private sector, IMMC has successfully identified 71 coverage about their responses to fuel price hike plan. 40.8% of the private sectors are being supportive to this plan and 28.1% are against it. About 30% of them tend to give a neutral response regarding government’s plan.

Furthermore, Farid explained: “What’s interesting from seeing response from the public and students are most of them rejects the plan (fuel price hike). There are 45 coverage that showed publics’ response and 42 coverage about students’ response. From these numbers, 89% of the public and 100% from the students are against the fuel price hike plan.” According to Farid, these numbers show that publics and students are two elements from our nation that strongly opposed the plan. “The public represent the element of nation that feels the effect of fuel price hike. Meanwhile, the students are a representation of moral power and reformation guardian in this country. Two elements that are consistently against the plan for fuel price hike,” explained Farid.

Thus the results of monitoring conducted by Indonesia Media Monitoring Centre (IMMC) for coverage about fuel price hike in various national mass media. Periodically, IMMC will also do media monitoring on various themes or national issues.

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