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Jakarta Post

Confusion, infighting plague bridge project

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25 2012   /  09:10 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono listens to a presentation regarding the engineering plan of the Sunda strait bridge during an event organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on April 15. The bridge is expected to be part of Yudhoyono’s legacy when his term ends in 2014. The ambitious Sunda Strait Bridge (SSB) is supposed to be among President Susilo Bambang Yudho-yono’s legacies when his term ends in 2014. However, an apparent legal flaw in his presidential decree, which was issued to regulate the construction of the bridge, may cause the project to falter.

Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, who has no affiliation with a political party, is struggling to get all stakeholders in the bridge’s construction to comply with the rule of law, and demands the decree be revised over concerns of not...