The Jakarta Post
Agung Sedayu Group chairman Sugianto Kusuma alias Aguan said in a court hearing on Wednesday that he had complained to Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama about the 15 percent additional contribution fee imposed on developers of the Jakarta Bay reclamation project.
He made the statement while testifying in the trial of graft suspect Muhammad Sanusi, a Jakarta city councillor.
“I had conveyed [my compliant]. He [Ahok] said ‘PT KNI [Kapuk Naga Indah] only pays 5 percent, not including the [15 percent]. Why are you complaining?’” said Aguan referring to his conversation with Ahok about the additional contribution as reported by kompas.com.
PT KNI is a subsidiary of Agung Sedayu.
Ahok told a court hearing on Monday the developers never complained about his decision to impose the contribution, which was calculated based on the value of sales of property constructed on the reclaimed land.
Apart from requiring the contribution, the developers also have to handover 5 percent of reclaimed land to the Jakarta administration.
Sanusi was arrested on Dec. 31 for allegedly accepting Rp 2 billion (US$152,964) in bribes. The City Council had been deliberating two reclamation bills that would become the legal basis for the contribution. The council stopped deliberations following the arrest.
Aguan, however, said his company had a commitment to pay the contribution. “We know the government needs investment funds. Many regional bylaws had been scrapped because they were not in favor of investment. I have promised to pay the contribution,” Aguan said. (bbn)
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