KOMPAS.com - Indonesian authorities are investigating the sale of the uninhabited island of Lantigiang, a part of the Selayar islands chain off South Sulawesi province, after one of its inhabitants put the island for sale with the asking price of Rp. 900 million [$64,170.54].
Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency spokesman Indra Gunawan said he is still verifying the news, which broke after one Syamsu Alam proposed the sale and found a buyer who made a down payment of Rp. 10 million [$713.01].
"Indonesia's islands are not owned by any one individual, nor should they be bought and sold between persons. This is stated in the Ministry's Ministerial Regulation No. 17 of 2016," Indra asserted to Kompas.com on Saturday, January 30.
“[The regulation] determined how many percent [of the islands] can be controlled [by the government], how many percent can be allocated to the public, and how many percent are protected. The regulation states that nobody is allowed to restrict access to any islands."
The Head of the Jinato Region II National Park Management, Nur Aisyah Amnur, verified the Lantigiang Island's standing as an uninhabited island. "Lantigiang island is part of the Taka Bonerate National Park," he added. "I can also verify that Syamsu Alam made the deal."
On its part, the Selayar Island Police Precinct are investigating the sale of Lantigiang Island in by Syamsu. who claimed to have rights to the island. It was sold for Rp900 million.
“Syamsu claimed that he inherited the island from his grandmother. As such, he was given a certificate of ownership by the village secretariat,” said Selayar Police Precinct spokesman Police Inspector Second Class Hasan.
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