Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said he will review the decision to cancel the G Island reclamation project on the north coast of Jakarta. He will announce his decision on the project next week.
To make this decision, Luhut asked the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and an expert consultant from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to review this reclamation project.
“I will reveal (the decision) next week. Today I met with LIPI, tomorrow I’ll meet the others,” he said in his office on Tuesday (2/8). (Read: Government Announces Three Recommendations for Violation of Reclamation Project)
He said it would be vital to study these analyses to come up with a clear and considered decisionbefore determining the fate of the project. Luhut said he would not be saying much before he reviews all information concerning the reclamation project.
“I will study that first. It must be clear because I do not like people who talk a lot but know nothing,” he said. “I am just upholding the law.”
Luhut’s statement differed from that of his predecessor, Rizal Ramli. At the end of July this year, Rizal deemed the G Island project a serious violation because it would endanger the environment, vital and strategic projects, and fishermen’s routes.
The proposed G Island project would be developed above cables and power stations owned by state electricity firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). This island would also obstruct the traffic of fishermen’s boats. The reckless development of the project could also destroy marine biota.
“We have decided, based on the examples of G Island violations, to cancel the project,” said Rizal. This decision was made following a meeting on 30 June 2016 attended by the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and the Minister of Transport.
The developer of the G Island project, Muara Wisesa Samudera, which is part of the Agung Podomoro Group, has already invested hundreds of billions in the development of this project. This does not include its contributions to the state. The cancellation of this project was a great financial loss to the company.