Mining on Bangka island has met with strong popular resistance, even though the North Minahasa government has given it the go ahead, with the Bupati (regency leader) issuing a permit. PT Mikro Metal Perdana's exploration permit has even recently been extended for one more year. The Bupati has accused the people who took over the ship of acting illegally because that boat had a permit to be there. He has even claimed that the action is the result of provocation by groups who are against progress for North Minahasa.
Bangka Islanders' plans to resist mining activities are an attempt to defend their livelihoods and environment. They fear the pollution that comes with mining, which they know caused such severe problems for the people of Buyat, not far away in Ratatatok, Southeast Minahasa, when PT Newmont Minahasa Raya were operating there. Because of this, the people are unshakeable, and let it be known that their actions will continue.