The Jakarta Post
Some residents of Kalibata City apartment complex in South Jakarta have reported the management of the apartments to the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas Ham) on suspicion of a markup of utility bills.
"The report is about the management of electricity and water charges, which are not transparent, the markup, and our questions about where the money goes," Kalibata City Residents Community (KWKC) lawyer Syamsul Munir said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said that the matter had surfaced in 2012.
The apartment management was not supposed to arbitrarily determine the electricity charges as it had not obtained a required license as power provider, he said.
The management should also set subsidized prices for the residents in accordance with apartment types, Munir added.
The residents have also filed a lawsuit regarding the matter with South Jakarta District Court.
The suit has been proceeding with the court hearing the apartment management's response to the residents on Monday.
Apart from that, the residents also reported alleged intimidation they faced while they were gathering evidence.
The management requires residents to give three days’ notice if they want to hold a meeting that will be attended by more than 10 people.
Previously, a dispute between residents and apartment management also arose at Green Pramuka City apartments in Central Jakarta.
A comedian, Muhadkly, known as Acho, was reported to the police for ranting about the poor apartment management on his blog. The case has resolved on Wednesday. (cal)