Saturday, July 25, 2009

Samarinda Airport project & political changes

Construction of new airport in Samarinda, capital city of East Kalimantan province, has been temporarily stopped. This is going to be a big test for SBY-Boediono administration.
East Kalimantan governor Awang Faroek Ishak considered PT Nuansa Cipta Realtindo (NCR) not a professional investor. Pressures might be mounted further, especially after an audit conducted by Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) found potential losses to the State in this project.
"We agreed to stop the construction temporarily," Faroek said.
NCR is a company appointed by local administrations to build the airport few years back. The company is part of SBY-Kalla administration's inner circle.
NCR got the project from local administration through a dubious process few years back, but those in power pay little attention to it. It turned out to be a mess. Who shall be responsible for this? Will the new administration do something about it, especially after the political changes where NCR might not get the same level of protection?




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