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Jakarta Post

Govt told to protest against foreign claim on Riau island

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 2 2016   /  06:40 am

The government needs to issue a diplomatic note to Singapore to protest against a Singaporean company’s claim of ownership and renaming of an island for commercial purposes, a former minister has said.

Former maritime affairs and fisheries minister Rohmin Dahuri said the government, through the foreign ministry, should take the issue up with Singapore.

He said Singapore-based developer Funtasy Island Development Pte. Ltd. had made Air Manis Island in Batam an exclusive resort and renamed it.

The developer has issued a map that shows Air Manis Island as sitting in Singapore’s territory with the label “Funtasy Island”, Riau Islands Tourism Office head Guntur Sakti told the Post.

The resort island, though in Indonesian territory, is reportedly only accessible by ferry from Singapore’s HarbourFront.

“If the island is being managed exclusively a...