On Saturday, May 1, 2021, PT Bukit Asam Tbk officially began to relocate residents to the Bara Lestari housing complex. This residential complex was built and prepared by the company as its CSR program.
The first group of residents came from the Bedeng Obak (115 families), Karang Tinah (61 families0 and ex Dok Mutik (12 families) areas.
President Director of Bukit Asam Suryo Eko Hadianto stated that the relocation of the residents has nothing to do with coal exploration in that area. "There will be no excavation activity there because the area is located by the river, it is just not allowed,â€ he said.
He further explained that this relocation was the realization of the noble values â€‹â€‹that the company held firmly; that is, â€œwe explore to civilization, we explore to prosperity, and we explore to brighter futureâ€. In this case, the program emphasized on the â€œwe explore to brighter futureâ€ value.
"We want the local people to have better welfare â€“ live in more decent houses, a better future for their children, and a better economic life. Our hope is a better, more prosperous future.â€ he explained.
Even though the relocation process was still imperfect, but every aspect was being improved and prepared to be better.
"We don't just let them go. We are committed and responsible to make this place the fostered village of Bukit Asam in the future," he added.
Plh. Muara Enim Regent H Nasrun Umar expressed his appreciation to this relocation program. "Bukit Asam has showed an extraordinary concern to the community. Because the success of the exploration activities is inseparable from the communityâ€™s support," he said.
Nasrun hoped that the company would continue its program as there were still many residents of Muara Enim Regency who needed support, who could not rely just to the APBD.
"We need the help of stakeholders, and Bukit Asam is one of the biggest supports for the development of Muara Enim."
He also thanked Bukit Asam for this relocation program and make interpretation of this program as providing the residents a new hope and a new atmosphere. "This is not merely relocating people, but giving new homes, a new atmosphere, and new hopes for the community instead."