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Activists report minister over certificates for reclaimed islets

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 3, 2017   /   06:04 pm
Activists report minister over certificates for reclaimed islets Activists stage a rally protesting the Jakarta Bay reclamation project on Sept. 11, 2016. (Kompas.com/Kahfi Dirga Cahya)

A group of activists have reported Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil to the Indonesian Ombudsman for alleged maladministration in the issuance of right to build and right to manage certificates for islets C and D.

The activists, incorporated under the Save the Jakarta Bay Coalition, also reported North Jakarta Agrarian Agency head Kasten Situmorang, who also issued land certificates for islets C and D developer PT Kapuk Naga Indah, a subsidiary of property giant PT Agung Sedayu Group.

Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) lawyer Nelson Simamora said on Friday that the coalition had previously sent a letter that objected to issuance of certificates for the islets on Aug. 14 but received no response.

He said the certificates were issued by the ministry before regulations pertaining to the northern Jakarta spatial plan and zoning plans in coastal areas and small islands were passed.  

“The certificates were also issued without the necessary documents, such as environment permits and a complete environmental impact analysis [Amdal],” Nelson said in Jakarta.

He said the Amdal submitted only covered land reclamation analysis and did not cover development in the area.  

Ombudsman commissioner Alamsyah Saragih said the independent state institution would verify the report and establish a team to investigate the alleged maladministration.

“The issuance of certificates before the necessary bylaws were passed may question whether maladministration took place,” he said. (dis)