The Jakarta Post
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has been accused by the People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice Indonesia (Kiara) of selling eastern Indonesian islands to foreign investors.
According to Kiara, the ministry's directorate general of maritime resource and fishery supervision runs a program that oversees 15 islands in the eastern part of the country that allows the islands to be managed and controlled by foreigners.
"There are 15 islands included in the program. All of them could be sold to foreign investors in 2015," said Kiara secretary general Abdul Halim on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Abdul said that the process of selling the islands has started in West Nusa Tenggara, resulting in residents having to leave their houses because foreign investors had bought their land to use for a hotel for tourists.
"In West Nusa Tenggara, 115 families were evicted because their island is to be developed by Singaporean investor PT Blue Ocean Resort," said Abdul.
Abdul added that he regretted the approach taken by Susi, in not considering the consequences of the policy and allowing the program to continue without any regard for the downsides of its implementation.
"Bu Susi still ['¦] describes the program as facilitating [the islands] development," said Abdul. (kes)(++++)
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