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The one who defies Yogyakarta’s king

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Tue, March 13 2018   /  12:16 am

Handoko (JP/Bambang Muryanto)A man carrying a pile of papers was waiting to meet a young lawyer named Handoko in Yogyakarta. He was hoping Handoko would help him settle a dispute involving his land, which was sold by another person to make way for Yogyakarta’s new airport in Kulon Progo regency.

“I’m sure he will be the brave one [to help me],” said the man. Dealing with land disputes involving the planned airport means dealing with the central government and state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, which is backed by those in power and many who are thirsty for infrastructure projects in Indonesia.

Recently, Handoko, 34, has been the talk of the town for his courage, or audacity, depending on how one sees it, to defy the king. The Chinese-Indonesian filed a lawsuit in September 2017 against Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, who is also the sultan of...