Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | 18:02 WIB

Ministry Decision on Revocation of Reclamation Moratorium Deemed Not Absolute Yet

Illustration: Reclamation of Jakarta Bay.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The decision by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan about the lifting of moratorium on the construction of 17 reclaimed islands in Jakarta Bay is not absolute.

It is because the policy issued through the decision letter is only a letter of notice and its nature is not absolute. This is confirmed by public policy analyst from Budget Metropolitan Watch (BMW) Amir Hamzah.

According to him it is fine if the governor-elect of Jakarta affirmed openly declaring refusal of reclamation. "It is OK if Mr. Anies refuses, because there is the authority of the governor and the local government that issued the policy," said Amir, Wednesday (10/11/2017).

Previously, the issue of Jakarta Bay reclamation again became spotlight amid social media. This time a twitter account on behalf of @AniesBaswedanID wrote that essentially it strongly refused megaproject of reclamation.

Amir supported the consistent attitude of Anies Baswedan who still refuses reclamation. According to him, Anies needs not be afraid of the pressure by certain parties, because the rejection of reclamation has been late and is in accordance to the rules.

"The consistency of Mr. Anies in refusing reclamation should be appreciated and supported," said Amir.

Amir explained the decision by Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs can still be rejected if there is conflict between institutions in this case the Provincial Government of Jakarta and Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs.

"The Law Number 30 of 2014 on governance administration may raise disputes or conflicts among agencies. The dispute can be resolved through a presidential decision," he said.

"So the nature [of the revocation of the moratorium] is not absolute yet, not to mention the letter is basically notification from the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs," said Amir.