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Sunda Strait Bridge left in lurch by Cabinet split

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25 2012   /  10:04 am

Waiting for Godot: A truck driver stands on a container to view a long queue waiting to cross into Sumatra via a ferry at the Merak port in Banten in this photo taken on March 14. The planned Sunda Strait Bridge linking Java and Sumatra is at risk of faltering due to legal flaws in a presidential decree regulating the construction of the bridge.(Antara)The fiasco revolving around the preparation to construct the ambitious Sunda Strait Bridge (SSB) and its economic zones has not only highlighted the government’s lack of capacity in drafting regulations but also cracks within the Cabinet. The Jakarta Post’s Hans David Tampubolon explores the issue.It is supposed to be among President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s legacies when he ends his term in 2014, but it appears to be Yudhoyono’s very own decision that prevents the SSB project from smoothly taking off.The decree Yudhoyono issued ...