Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Indonesian Ombudsman and Capital City Authority (OIKN) investigates possibility of rising land mafia in Nusantara Capital City (IKN)

Reading Time: 2 minutes
Journalist IBP




Land mafia has sprung up in the Indonesian Capital (IKN) as the land legalization services in the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) area had been stopped until now. As many as 3,000 requests for land legality were abandoned.

Dadan Suharmawijaya, a member of the Indonesian Ombudsman, said the cessation of services was due to the issuance of a Circular Letter (SE) from the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning concerning Restrictions on the Issuance and Transfer of Land Rights at IKN.

“Even though the Circular Letter only regulates the transfer of land rights. However, it has stopped all land-related services at regional offices and land offices,” he said, on July 27, 2023.

The potential for this letter to be issued is then exploited by irresponsible elements, such as the land mafia, which has begun to emerge. The mafia can suddenly get land certificates without going through a buying and selling process.

“It turns out that many mafias have actually legalized the land. If the people that legalized the land are protected, it can minimize the efforts of the mafia,” he said.

He said that the activity of buying and selling land in IKN was indeed limited. However, based on Presidential Regulation Number 65 of 2022 concerning land acquisition and land management in the IKN, lands in the project may still be registered.

Surprisingly, the sub-district office in the IKN area is reluctant to issue the letter, and limits services to the community. Although, this activity is not included in the activity of buying and selling land.

OIKN’s response to the land mafia issue

Agung Dodit Muliawan, Director of Supervision and Internal Audit of OIKN said that OIKN will follow up on the results of the investigation.

He considered that the land issue is one of the most complex and complicated issues in the development of IKN. With the investigation results from the Indonesian Ombudsman, it can keep the community from the losses caused by the land mafia.

An inspection conducted by the Ombudsman can protect the state and society from mafia actions and land speculation that can harm the state, hinder citizen development, and harm the affected communities,” he said.

Meanwhile, regarding land settlement regulations at IKN, currently it is still being worked on by OIKN. However, this ensures immediate corrective action is implemented.

Journalist IBP






We will provide you with an invoice for your reimbursable expenses.


New to Indonesian market? Read our free articles before subscribing to the premium plan. If you already run your business in Indonesia, make sure to subscribe to the premium subscription so you won’t miss any intelligence & business opportunities.


$550 USD/Year


$45 USD/Month

Cancelation: you can cancel your subscription at any time, by sending us an email inquiry@ibp-media.com

Add keywords to your market watch and receive notification:
Schedule a free consultation with us:

We’ll contact you for confirmation.


The Coordinating Ministry for the Economy held a coordination meeting with all Deputy Ministerial elements along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several Ambassadors on Monday, April 15, 2024 in response to developments in the Middle East conflict following Iran’s retaliatory offensive against Israel. 
The textile and textile product (TPT) industry asks all stakeholders to comply with import restriction policies as regulated in Minister of Trade Regulations No. 36/2023 and No. 3/2024 on Import policy and control. 
The government has spoken out regarding Indonesia’s stance on Iran’s recent attack on Israel, asking the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take swift action to de-escalate tensions in the region.
A statement by Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo which suggests that democracy in Indonesia does not require opposition has drawn criticism from experts. 
In the wake of the quinquennial political festivity, the movement towards reconciliation among competing factions within Indonesia’s political coalition has become an integral part of the country’s political dynamics.
Cooperation among government’s agencies and ministries is needed to prevent corruption cases, such as the alleged corruption at PT Timah which has incurred US$ 13.6 billion in State losses based on calculation of an IPB University expert.