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Rising Indignation Over Mulia Hotel Project

Bali Lawmakers Up in Arms on Wanted Fugitive's Role in Mulia Hotel Project.

(10/7/2011) Beritabali.com reports that the Committee for the Eradication of Corruption (KPK) has been asked by the Bali House of Representatives (DPR-Bali) to investigate the development of the Mulia Hotel project in Bali, believed to be owned by Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.

Tjandra is a fugitive of the law, listed by the Indonesian police and Interpol for criminal involvement in Bank fraud, and believed to be living in Singapore.

The massive Mulia Hotel Project occupies a 26-hectare site on Geger beach in South Bali. The project holds a building permit (IMB) issued by the Badung regency to PT Mulia Graha Tata Lestari, a company once owned by Tjandra, but with ownership now transferred to Viady Sutojo in March 2011.

The chairman of Commission I of the DPRD-Bali, Made Arjaya, says the “big question” is how it was possible for Djoko Tjandra to change the ownership of his company while being actively sought by police. Arjaya said that if this change of ownership actually did occur, he suspects this was accomplished with the assistance of government officials in direct contact with the fugitive Tjandra.

“How is it possible that the regent of Badung did not know that Djoko Tjandra was a fugitive? If Djoko Tjandra came here (Bali), then SBY (the President) has been tricked with a fugitive managing to freely enter and exit the Country. Secondly, if he is in Singapore, it means that our officials knew details of his whereabouts. Why didn’t they report this? This means that they participated in the protection and concealment of a fugitive,” said Arjaya.

Arjaya is calling on the governor to review all the permits held by PT Mulia Graha Tata Lestari.

Public Protests

Tens of demonstrators from a group calling itself “People's Group Against Corruption (EMAK)” marched on the Bali House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, in support of legislators’ calls for a thorough and consistent investigation of the Hotel Mulia Resort project.

The delegation was welcomed by the chairman of Commission I of the DPRD-Bali, Made Arjaya; the chairman of the special committee to review the RTRW zoning law, Wayan Disel Astawa; and the chairman of the Honors Committee, Gede Sudarma.

The peacefu protestors delivered a four-point statement to the House in support of calls to bust open the arrangements surrounding licensing of the Hotel Mulia project owned by Djoko Tjandra.

The coordinator of the protest, Sumardiarta Nata, said efforts by the province to save Bali via the 2009 RTRW Zoning law are being challenged by regional leaders claiming to act in the name of public welfare. “In fact,” said Nata, “these leaders are exploiting Bali’s land for private gain in the name of ‘public welfare.’ The clearest example of this is the granting of permits from the regional government to Djoko Tjandra, a fugitive in the Bank Liquidity scandal, allowing him to building a luxury hotel on Geger beach, South Kuta, Badung.”

Nata depicted the issuing of these permits has having wounded the public’s sense of justice that resents the fact that this land is now controlled by a fugitive.

“We support the DPRD-Bali, asking that they take steps to bust open the case of Djoko Tjandra who is allowed to build a hotel in Bali. We hope the at the House will investigate in order that all facts are revealed, so anyone behind the process that granted these permits can be fired,” said Nata.

Arjaya promised that the House would coordinate with the regional government of Badung, prosecutors and the police to completely investigate this case,

Said Arjaya: “This just doesn’t make senses that land in excess of 7.5 hectare (sic) including shorefront is able to bar access to the beach by the public. Bali is a part of the sovereign Republic of Indonesia, it’s impossible such a large tract of land can be controlled by an individual who is a fugitive of the law – wanted as a major criminal in the Bank Indonesia liquidity scandal.”

He promised that over the coming three months the DPRD-Bali would undertake a review of the case, examining how permits were issued, ownership of land and possible violations of the 2009 RTRW zoning law.

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