Wed, 09 Jul 2003

Candra Naya owner, operator warned

JAKARTA: The city administration's culture and museums agency warned both the owner and operator of the Candra Naya mansion on Jl. Gajah Mada, West Jakarta, for destroying some parts of the three-centuries-old building.

Agency head Nurhadi Sastrapraja said on Tuesday that the owner and operator of the building had been ignoring their obligations to protect the site.

In an official notice dated June 30, the agency called on the building's owner, Modern Group, and operator PT Bumi Perkasa Permai to immediately restore, develop and protect the oldest Chinese mansion in the city.

According to Law No.5/1992, backed up by a bylaw and a number of gubernatorial decrees, such negligence is categorized as a crime.

Governor Sutiyoso rejected on Monday a proposal to relocate Candra Naya to the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) cultural park in East Jakarta. -- JP