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Locals seek inclusion in Likupang development

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Likupang, North Sulawesi   /   Fri, December 20, 2019   /  02:17 pm
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Small food and beverage vendor owned by locals in Paal beach in East Likupang.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

It did not take a long for people living in Likupang in North Minahasa, North Sulawesi, to learn the news about the government’s plan to make their home a popular tourist destination.  However, most remain in the dark about the plan and how it will affect their families’ livelihoods. “We don’t know yet what [the detailed plan] means for us. We hope the government will explain it to us, we hope that locals will be invited to work together," Onnie, 53, the owner of a food stall in the Pulisan Beach area in East Likupang, told The Jakarta Post in late November. She said many locals, including herself, were still wondering about the development as they only learned of the plans from media outlets. Stall owner Onnie (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti) The government has listed Likupang as one of its five super-priority tourist destinations along w...