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Businessmen admits paying Batam authorities to use forest land

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Sat, May 10 2008   /  10:34 am

A businessman says he obtained a license to use protected forest land in Batam by depositing money into a bank account owned by the Batam Industrial Development Authorities (BIDA) Abidin, chairman of the Indonesian Employers' Association (Apindo) provincial chapter, confessed to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Thursday. The KPK have questioned a number of local officials over the conversion of Baloi protected forest into a business center in Batam. The KPK asked a number of businesspeople, who obtained licenses to use the land, for statements, Abidin said. Abidin said he was not interrogated by the KPK. "I was asked by KPK," he said. "I didn't know it was a protected forest. After depositing a sum of money, I realized I couldn't develop the land." Abidin said he applied to BIDA for a 10-hectare plot in 2003 on...