Mataram – Following stiff opposition and strong protest from netizens both in Lombok and beyond, the Government of West Nusa Tenggara has decided to remove the steel name post that has been previously installed at Lake Segara Anak. “We have talked with the Mount Rinjani National Park this evening (25/6) and we have come to an agreement to remove the name post from the current location,” said Lalu Faozal, Head of Culture and Tourism of West Nusa Tenggara province as quoted by Utarakita.com.
Faozal explained that this name post installation was a project initiated by the Mount Rinjani National Park in order to promote the destination. “But we appreciate the feedback and inputs from the public and we fully understood the concerns being raised. We will remove the name post immediately,” said Faozal. Inappropriate Netizens who threw their complaints and protests on the social media understood the good intention being exercised by the Mount Rinjani National Park authority who are now trying to improve the public infrastructure at the national park. However, many netizens thought that this move is not appropriate.
Many voiced their concerns that putting steel structures at the lake area would only damage the beauty and sanctity of the destination. “This is absolutely ridiculous, rather than focusing on how to minimize the rubbish problem, they ruined the image of the most iconic place in Lombok,” wrote Niken Arumdati on her comment to this issue.
Another netizen from Denver, Colorado, Melanie Rice wrote, “It’s horrible to see this beautiful place tarnished. I feel like I “own” a little piece of each and every one of our USA National Parks and understand why you are upset! I agree that it’s not appropriate. They should take a selfie with the natural beauty and scenery in the background”. How Things Started As soon as photos of contractor’s workers installing a name post ‘Segara Anak Lake’ at the iconic lake in the Mount Rinjani surfaced in Facebook on Friday evening, barracks of criticisms were launched by netizens protesting this move by the Mount Rinjani National Park authority accusing them of being ignorant and naïve.
Among the first persons to quickly protest is Apink Alkaf, a journalist and environmentalist from Mataram. “Initially I thought this was just an hoax. But as I knew that it was true, it made me sick. This is ridiculous and old fashioned branding approach that can damage Mount Rinjani,” said Apink in his news blog Utarakita.com.
Facebook Another netizen Arief Firmansyah did hide his anger in knowing this by creating a meme and emoticon on his Facebook account. “What do you make of it brothers? To me it is the biggest junks of rubbish in Mount Rinjani,” said Arief, Adventure Travel Chief at Shelter Indonesia.
Herwin Prabawananda, a netizen who lives in Denpasar Bali, took it to the next level. He created a petition on Charge.org with a subject ‘Save Our Mount Rinjani’ calling people to support his cause to stop the installation of name post. He further sent his petition to President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
So far 108 people have signed this petition. Sigit Lelono, an editor with Lombok Post’s Radar Lombok and an environmental activist wrote on his Facebook’s page, ‘This is really damaging Mount Rinjani. Those who has this idea really does not understand the relationship between Mount Rinjani and the local wisdom of local people of Lombok’. Twitter People also took this issue to Twitter. A hashtag #SaveRinjani was created. “I am very disappointed that the natural condition of Mount Rinjani is tarnished by this name post in Segara Anak Lake,” wrote @nasichtaufik. (*)
Reporter/Editor: Kasan Mulyono