The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama confirmed a statement made by former Agung Podomoro Land (APL) CEO Ariesman Widjaja that the company had contributed Rp 1.6 trillion (US$12.387 million) to the Jakarta administration.
The contribution was related to a project of APL subsidiary PT Muara Wisesa Samudera to develop Islet G in Jakarta Bay. Development of the islet has been put on hold over environmental concerns.
“APL spent Rp 1.6 trillion on the development of public facilities, but it hasn’t handed over all of the contribution to us. Most of the contribution is in the form of low-cost apartments,” Ahok said on Tuesday, praising APL as the most compliant developer.
Ariesman made the claim when he was testifying during the trial of Mohammad Sanusi, a city councillor accused of accepting a bribe from APL in December related to the deliberation of two reclamation bills by the Jakarta City Council.
The bills, the deliberation of which was stopped after the arrest of Sanusi, were initially to become legal bases for contributions paid by developers of reclamation projects in addition of 5 percent of the land resulting from the projects.
The alleged bribe was reportedly linked to the developer’s effort to decrease the percentage of the contribution from 15 percent to 5 percent.
Ahok said facilities developed by APL would be handed over to the administration after being appraised by an independent appraiser. “The calculation will be based on 15 percent additional contribution,” Ahok added. (bbn)
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