Meruya Land Dispute
The dispute began in 1974 when Portanigra bought 44 hectares of land from Meruya Udik residents through a “coordinator” named Juhri bin Geni. In the same year, Juhri sold the land again to the city administration on the orders of the head of Kebon Jeruk district at that time. The city wanted to use the land to house people who had been evicted from locations used for the West Flood Canal. Juhri, along with two other brokers — Yahya bin Geni and Mohammad Yatim Tugono — later were proven guilty by the West Jakarta District Court in 1985 and 1987 of counterfeiting ownership documents to resell the plots of land.
The legal battle spanned more than 10 years as Portanigra insisted that the residents certificates were counterfeit. In 1997, the West Jakarta District Court and the Jakarta High Court ruled in favor of the residents. Portanigra appealed the case to the Supreme Court, which in major reversal in 2001, ruled in favor of the developer. The developer prepared to take over the 44-hectare site in May 2007 but postponed the action following heated protests by the residents and the administration. Portanigra later filed a lawsuit against the administration. The disputed area is home to around 20,000 people and several city administration offices, houses and schools.
Life cycle at the issues :
5 stages of life cycles issues
This stage consists of a defined phenomenon that has the potential to become an issue of concern. A trend can be referred to as a potential issue. in Meruya Land Dispute the case was started at 1974, PT Porta Nigra has bought a land from coordinator in Meruya about 44 hectares. Imminent Status:
During this stage, an issue’s level of intensity increase gradually. The increase is mainly because of the stakeholders advancing the issue. In 1985 and 1987 the coordinator was proven guilty because of counterfeiting ownership documents to resell the plots of land. Current Status:
The current status is when the media starts to concern about the issue. Portanigra appealed the case to the Supreme Court, which in major reversal in 2001, ruled in favor of the developer. Critical Status:
The issue finally reaches a formal institution that has authority to impose formal constraints in an attempt to resolve it. In meruya land dispute case, PT Porta Nigra has won in West Jakarta Court District but the administration through Jakarta Governor were trying to attempt all way to defend the land also the residence in Meruya Selatan. Dormant Status:
When an issue follows the full course of its life, it eventually reaches a high level of intensity to force the organization to accept it unconditionally. The issue at this point becomes a norm within the organization and in society. The issue is not clear yet but yet will come up again and for Meruya case seems like in the dormant status because the residence in Meruya Selatan still resist to not leave the land. Nowadays, the meruya land dispute case still in dormant status which already missing but yet will come again when PT Porta Nigra willing to take the land for a purpose. The situation is complicated because the land already been residence for almost 20 years at least and become home to around 20,000 people and several city administration offices, houses and schools. “What is clear is that “citizens” and “business” have no co-equal authority. What do they have is influence, and that influence is affected dramatically the authority of government to do its work.” (crable and Vibbert) The point is power were not an issue in this case cause citizens, business, and government have all their powers. First this issue has to be analyzed in order to find the solutions. As the Public Relation of PT Porta Nigra we need to find win win solution. Issue is more like a time bomb if we do not careful to handle it. “an issue was created when one or more human agents attaches significance to a situation or perceived...