Kusrin and Small Industries Problem

Muhammad Kusrin, 36 years old, is an assembler of television from Karanganyar. He eventually received cerificate of SNI (Sertifikat Nasional Indonesia) from Minister of Industry and Trade Saleh Husin. He also appealed to President Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, to help patenting his television brand assemblies.

Kusrin name become known publicy when he was  law case in March 2015, for producing reconditioning television of used tube computers. He was being snared by Industry Act and Consumen Protection, with threat five years in prison. The court sentenced six months to a year’s probation and fined Rp 2.5 million in December 2015. His case gained public attention thanks to mass media publication. Public responded by providing support through protest against his sentence. A petition was made in Change.org to Minister of Industry and Trade to not destroy small industries. This petition was signed by  27.113 supporters. The case was later gained the attention of President Joko Widodo, who invited Kusrin to the Palace on January 25, 2016, and gave the capital to restart his business.

Public understand this is not only Kusrin’s problem. We agree about SNI as national standard and support law enforcement, but government must support small industries. If this problem is allowed to drag on, many creative people will be afraid to express their creativity since it would deal directly with the jail.  Kusrin’s case maybe only one of many problems concerning small indurstries. There are a lot of people, entrepeneurs, who face  the same problems, maybe  even more worse. Moreover, we know our state bureaucracy is convoluted.

Government must be fair to small industries. Evenmore, government must supports small indurstries to flourish. Small industries will create job and of course it will reduce unemployment. This is one way we can compete with others countries, especially to face free trade for example MEA (Masyarakat Ekonomi Asean).

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