The Jakarta Post
One of the most prestigious apartment blocks in the heart of Jakarta, the
Kempinski Residences in the Hotel Indonesia complex, has seen a sudden drop in
demand following a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) finding on dubious contracts
involving Grand Indonesia and the Djarum group.
The apartments, along with Bank Central Asia (BCA) Tower, are among 'unstated buildings' in a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract signed in 2004 by state-owned hotel operator Hotel Indonesia Natour and PT Cipta Karya Bumi Indah ' owned by Djarum's Hartono brothers.
"Recently it has become illiquid. People are afraid to buy second-hand units or rent them because there are no assurances that the contracts can be renewed," apartment owner Christanto Wibisono told thejakartapost.com on Tuesday.
The complex's 290 apartments were sold under building ownership certificates
(SKBG) for a 30-year period up to 2035, the same expiry date as the BOT
contract between developer Cipta Karya and land owner Natour.
According to excerpts from the 2004 contract document obtained by thejakartapost.com, only four constructions were allowed to be built on Natour's land, namely a five-star hotel, two shopping malls and a parking lot.
However, Grand Indonesia built two additional high-rise buildings, namely BCA Tower and the Kempinski apartments. The two additional buildings are yet to be estimated in terms of compensation from which Hotel Natour can benefit annually.
Based on a 2010 contract revision, in which PT Grand Indonesia suddenly appeared to be taking over Cipta Karya, the SKBG contract of the Kempinski apartments had been extended for another 20 years, entitling new buyers of the apartments to 50-year ownership periods.
As for existing owners, Grand Indonesia offered them renewed contract extensions for 50-year periods but charged them Rp 2 billion (US$150,000), which must be paid before Feb. 2. All of the apartments' owners strongly rejected the offer and are currently in negotiations with Grand Indonesia.
A source from the new Hotel Natour board of commissioners, who preferred to remain
anonymous, alleged that Grand Indonesia was not being cooperative or transparent
in reporting the maintenance of Hotel Natour's assets currently under their
management according to the new contract.
'Even the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry didn't know about the decision of appointing Grand Indonesia as the BOT rights recipient. The state as the owner of Hotel Natour will not fail. We can't ignore and omit actions that lead to potential losses to the state,' the board member said.
Thejakartapost.com contacted Grand
Indonesia's office on Wednesday afternoon but no one was available for comment.
Meanwhile, an executive at Hotel Natour ' who also requested to remain anonymous ' said the BPK assessment was submitted to the ministry last week. He said the new board of directors was not involved in the case.
'The current board of directors is different to the board that took in charge in 2010 and signed the contract renewal. The new management started to helm Hotel Natour in November 2015,' the executive said.
to the SOE ministry's data, Aloysius Moerba Suseto was the president director of Hotel Natour
during the BOT contract signing with Djarum group's Cipta Karya in 2004. He led the state-owned firm for ten years from 1999.
Leaving the company in 2009, Suseto then-joined Djarum Group's telecommunication tower provider company PT Menara Sarana Nusantara Tbk as an unaffiliated director. I Gusti Hery Angligan succeeded Suseto's position in Hotel Natour before his resignation in 2011. (ags)
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