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East Jakarta landowners protest acquisition for train project

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  03:52 pm
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Workers on the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu elevated toll road on Jl. KH Noer Alie in Bekasi, West Java, arrange steel reinforcement rods before encasing them in concrete to make pillars on Monday. The second construction phase of the 9.2 kilometer road connecting Jakasampurna to East Bekasi began after the first stretch of the toll road connecting Cipinang Melayu in East Jakarta to Jakasampurna in Bekasi was officially opened in November. (The Jakarta Post/P.J. Leo)

“You lied to us!” “Where is our compensation?” “Help us, Mr. President!” Approximately 254 land owners from Cipinang Melayu subdistrict, East Jakarta, marched into the gates of the Mugi Griya building in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Wednesday to voice their distress over unreasonable land appraisals by state-owned consortium PT Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia (PSBI) in acquiring their land as part of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project. A protester, Boksa Hutajulu, said the land owners had been invited by PSBI to negotiate the pricing of the land at a South Jakarta hotel on May 23. Instead, they were greeted with a pen and paper and were instructed to sign a contractual agreement to sell their land based on a predetermined price appraised by a third party public auditor, Toto Suharto & Rekan, hired by PSBI. Based on the l...