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Forgery, hostage taking – all part of land acquisition in Lampung Oyos Saroso H.N The Jakarta Post Bandarlampung | Thu, June 28 2012 | 07:32 am Land acquisition disputes in Bandar Lampung have turned nasty, after the head of the local National Land Agency (BPN) office was taken hostage temporarily and allegations surfaced that a critical bylaw was forged. Ansori, the head of the Lampung Policy and Regional Budget Monitoring Committee (KPKAD), said that several articles of the 2011 Bandar Lampung Spatial Planning (RTRW) Bylaw were illegally altered. He alleged that the forgery was done to allow a contractor to develop a hotel, shopping mall and restaurants on the 13 hectares of the Bandar Lampung Urban Forest Park. The illicit changes were done to convert the designation of the urban forest, which is located in the middle of the city in Way Halim subdistrict, from a public or open space into a commercial zone. “We have reported the matter to Lampung Police headquarters. If the urban forest was turned into a business area, that would clearly breach the RTRW, which is a crime. Forgery of the RTRW bylaw is a crime,” Ansori said on Wednesday. According to Ansori, there were currently two versions of the bylaw in circulation: one genuine, the other fake. “Their contents are all the same, except for a stamp on which a signature was placed and Article 25. We believe a [criminal] syndicate has changed the bylaw in the interest of a person seeking advantage,” Ansori said. Ansori said Article 25 regulated sea transportation in the province, while Article 20 defined the the ports covered by the bylaw as Panjang Port and several private piers in Srengsem in Panjang district. However, in the copy of the bylaw available on the Public Works ministry’s website, Article 25 Paragraph 1 was changed again to include additional private piers in South Teluk-betung district. “We found dualism in both [versions], which are legally valid because they were signed and approved and enacted under the city’s blueprint,” said Ansori. The KPKAD would report the forgery to the Home Ministry and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Ansori said. Bandar Lampung City Council Speaker Budiman A.S. said the council would investigate the allegations. “This is a serious case because it is related to Bandar Lampung’s future development plans,” Budiman said. “If the RTRW can be changed for the sake of business, it would have a strong effect on environmental conservation. We support investors to invest in Bandar Lampung, but not at The expense of the environment.” Lampung Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Sulistyaningsih said thatofficers would investigate the KPKAD’s report. “We will immediately conduct an investigation,” said Sulistyaningsih. The forgery claims follow an incident last week, when the local National Land Agency office reported PT Hasil Karya Kita Bersama (HKKB) director Mintardi Halim to the police for allegedly holding the office’s chief, Gunawan, as hostage for not issuing the firm a land title to the urban forest. The 13 hectares of the forest were state-owned land and were reserved as open space until taken over by HKKB. However, the city council and local residents have rejected the HKKB’s plan to develop the urban forest, claiming that the company’s title to the land was invalid and was issued illegally. The Bandar Lampung City Council previously reported that some officials at the Lampung office of the BPN had altered land ownership documents to transfer possession of the Bandar Lampung Urban Forest Park to another party. The Bandar Lampung Urban Forest Park was previously run by PT Way Halim Permai (PT WHP), which held business utility rights to the plot that expired in 2011 and building utility rights. The firm sold its title to PT HKKB in 2011.

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