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The Hijacked Dreams of ‘Reformasi’


April 4, 2016 15:02 GMT+7

The corruption of public policy

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Reformasi, which aimed to rearrange a corrupt system, is now controlled by a business-political complex that exploits public policy for its own corporate interests. If left unchecked, this will monopolize the power of national competition while simultaneously expanding the social and economic divide in the country.The arrest of the head of the Jakarta Provincial Legislative Council’s Commission D, M Sanusi of the Gerinda faction, by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), on Thursday last week, testifies to the existence of this business-political complex in the field of public policy. Sanusi is suspected of receiving Rp 2.14 billion in two stages from PT Agung Podomoro Land (PT APLN), in connection with discussions over regulations of the coastal and small islands reclamation projects in North Jakarta. In this case, the KPK has named three suspects, namely M Sanusi, Trinanda Prihantoro, an employee of PT APLN, and Ariesman Widjaja, the president director of PT APLN. The KPK has also prohibited the chairman of the Agung Sedayu Group, Sugianto Kusuma, alias Aguan, from leaving the country.

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Giant Sea Wall urgent to save sinking Jakarta: Consultant


  • Corry Elyda – The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, October 8 2015 | 06:21 pm
A water management specialist from Dutch research institute Deltares has confirmed that the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project, known as the Giant Sea Wall (GSW), will have an environmental impact, but says that land subsidence in Jakarta is a far greater threat and the wall is one of the solutions. Jan Jaap Brinkman said on Wednesday that the project might affect the Thousand Islands as well as erosion patterns, coral reefs and biota. However, Brinkman argued that the project was an urgent measure to protect four to five million people threatened by land subsidence that would see their current homes 4 to 9 meters below sea level. ‘€œEverybody keeps forgetting and ignoring the land subsidence, this is the driving force,’€ he said.
Jakarta is sinking an average of 5 to 20 centimeters per year, with an average of about 7.5 cm per year. Brinkman added that if the land subsidence continued like this, by the end of the century Jakarta would have sunk another 5 to 6 meters. Brinkman said the ‘€œcheapest and easiest’€ solution to land subsidence is to stop groundwater extraction. Millions of households, offices, and industries rely on groundwater as the coverage of tap water is only about 60 percent. ‘€œHowever, if the sinking does not stop, Jakarta has only two options to protect its people,’€ he said. He went on to say that they comprised evacuating millions of people and buildings from northern Jakarta to higher ground or enclosing Jakarta Bay with a ‘€œgood, very safe dike, good very large pumps and a very large lake to store the water: the giant sea wall’€.
Recently, the Research and Development for Marine and Coastal Resources Department at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry showed that the giant sea wall would have large environmental and social costs, including the disappearance of islands and the damage of biota in the sea. The ministry’€™s study claimed that it would also destroy the biota in the water inside the wall because of eutrophication process from the pollution of Jakarta’€™s 13 rivers, and displace thousands of fishermen. The study was conducted by more than a dozen researchers in 2014 by making a simulation of the GSW. The result was published as a book, Dinamika Teluk Jakarta; Analisis Prediksi Dampak Pembangunan Tanggul Laut Jakarta (The Dynamics of Jakarta Bay; Prediction Analysis of the effects of the Giant Sea Wall Construction), by IPB Press.