Development rights for Island D were issued before the moratorium on land reclamation was lifted. Despite a construction ban, building and houses continue to pop up on the man-made island. Many irregularities occurred with the issuance of the certificate.
For the past four months, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat has written to many people and institutions to revive discussion on land reclamation regulations. None of the institutions, however, have been willing to resume discussions on this ¡®hot potato' topic.
In contrast with his usually modest demeanor, President Joko Widodo touted the success of his administration in building infrastructure projects. While officially launching the Mandalika Special Economic Zone for Tourism in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on October 20, he said that the project was able to go forward thanks to a breakthrough of his doing. "Mandalika has been incomplete for 29 years due to the matter of securing the needed land," said Jokowi.