The Jakarta Post
The head of the Jakarta Finance and Asset Management Board, Heru Budi Hartono, admitted on Tuesday about his meeting with City Council Deputy Speaker M. Taufik where they discussed, among other things, the reclamation project in Jakarta Bay.
“He [Taufik] only complained about the contribution amount. I deemed it as a casual conversation without much substance,” Heru said on Tuesday.
Heru was referring to the additional contribution that reclamation developers have to pay to the Jakarta Administration, which is calculated based on the sales value of property to be developed on the reclaimed land.
In the draft reclamation bill submitted to the City Council, it stipulated a required 15 percent contribution. PT Agung Podomoro Land (APL), one of the developers in the project, allegedly sought to lower the contribution after being revealed in a bribery case involving an APL director and a city councilor.
Ahok said he knew nothing about the meeting, but he accused Taufik of lobbying Heru to reduce the contribution percentage, which was denied by both Heru and Taufik.
“Heru told me that he met with Taufik. When I asked him about what it was about, he told me, ‘you don’t have to know’,” Ahok said, imitating Heru.
Heru said that his meeting with Taufik was conducted earlier in March at Plaza Indonesia. The meeting went on for no more than 10 minutes. The conversation was only about sheet piling in Kamal Muara, North Jakarta, and the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project.
Taufik told him that some residents were worried about the project. (bbn)
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