Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah rejects finance minister’s proposal
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah has rejected a proposal by Minister of Finance Agus Martowardojo. The Minister plans to revise Presidential Decree Number 86 Year 2011 on the Development of the Sunda Strait Strategic Area and Infrastructure (KSISS).
Ratu Atut reasoned that if the Presidential Regulation (perpres) was revised, investors will be dissatisfied with the law and may impede the development of the Sunda Strait Strategic Area (KSS). "This will not only discourage private investors from investing in Banten, Lampung, but also in Indonesia," said Ratu Atut recently.
According to her, the Governor of Lampung and she have sent a letter to the Finance Minister. "It was a response to the Finance Minister’s proposal to change Perpres No. 86 Year 2011. We’re not rejecting it, but we’re encouraging the acceleration of the development of JSS (Sunda Strait Bridge)," said Atut.
Banten Provincial Secretary Muhadi confirmed that a letter of protest was filed by the Governor of Banten. According to him, the governor did not just send a letter to the Minister of Finance, but also to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia and Head of the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia. "The contents of her letters were different, but basically she was calling for the construction of JSSto immediately be realized," said Muhadi.
According to Muhadi, the Banten province does not support the Minister’s plan. "If it’s revised, there’ll be changes to all JSS development agenda," he said.
The consortium for the construction of the Sunda Strait Bridge, which includes PT Graha Banten Lampung Sejahtera, is currently preparing a feasibility study. The company is the initiator of the Rp150-trillion KSISS project.
By Wasi’ul Ulum
17 July 2012