Jakarta Reclamation Project May End Up Like Hambalang




After bribery shadows the project and fishermen file a lawsuit against it, the future of Jakarta Bay reclamation can be considered at stake. On top of that, many parties recommend the reclamation project to stop, just like what happened to the development of Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, West Java.






The progress of Jakarta Bay reclamation project seems to disappear from the national mass media. The Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) hasn’t finished arranging the draft bylaws (Raperda) that will become a part of the project’s legal basis. Despite this, the Raperda has been included in the regional legislation programs (Prolegda) since January 2017.

After bribery shadows the project and fishermen file a lawsuit against it, the future of Jakarta Bay reclamation can be considered at stake. On top of that, many parties recommend the reclamation project to stop, just like what happened to the development of Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, West Java.

The recommendation comes up as the projects are considered vulnerable to corrupt practices. If the reclamation projects were stunted like Hambalang development, the government has to face the risk of suffering losses. Corruption in Hambalang project was revealed by the anti-graft commission (KPK) when they investigated into the project that used the government´s fund worth Rp2.5 trillion in 2011.

The case became clearer when the former General Treasurer of Democratic Party, Muhammad Nazaruddin, got captured and exposed the corruption in the project. Some names were dragged into the case, starting from the developers to people around ex-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) administration. General Chairman of Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum, former Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, Youth and Sports Ministry’s Financial and Household Bureau Head Deddy Kusdinar, PT Adhi Karya Operations Director Bagus Muhammad Noer, President Director of PT Dutasari Citra Laras Mahfud Suroso, and more names.

Not too far from the corruption in Hambalang sports complex development project, indications of corruption in Jakarta Bay reclamation project starts to come up after Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama issued the permits for one of the reclamation islets. Then, the Indonesia Traditional Fishermen Association (KNTI) through their lawyers from the Jakarta Legal Aid Agency (LBH) filed a lawsuit aginst the permit.

The fishermen consider that the reclamation has damaged the areas where they used to fish, the environment, and the ecosystem. The fishermen won the lawsuit against the Jakarta Bay reclamation permit in the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN). Then, the project developers filed an appeal against the ruling. The issue got tenser when the Chairman of the Jakarta Legislative Council’s Commission D, Mohammad Sanusi, got arrested by KPK for allegedly receiving a bribe from the President Director of PT Agung Podomoro Land (APLN), Arieman Widjaja.

The bribery was connected to the arrangement of draft bylaws (Raperda) on Jakarta Province Islets and Coastal Zoning Plan in 2015-2035, and Raperda on North Jakarta Coast Strategic Area Spatial Plan. KPK has named Sanusi and Ariesman Widjaja as suspects. The other two people who were prevented from going abroad are Ahok’s special staff Sunny Tanuwidjaja, and Chairman of Agung Sedayu Group Sugiyanto "Aguan" Kusuma. Will the reclamation project stop? Only time will tell. However, if the 17 islets development project that´s executed by the private sector and regional-owned enterprises (BUMD) were not continued, the Jakarta Administration would lose their potential profits. Meanwhile, the uncompleted islets would endanger the environment if the project were stunted.

Gres.news has taken some pictures of the current situation on Islet C and Islet D in the North Jakarta Coast. The situation was quiet, and some security officers are seen guarding and observing the guests. Some of the buildings are abandoned, and the construction equipment and material are scattered on the corner of the islets. (Edy Susanto/gres.news)