Mon, 18 Oct 2010

Lhokseumawe, Aceh Province (ANTARA News) - Lack of security and the imposition of Islamic syariah law have hampered foreign investors in investing in the Aceh province, a local councilor has said.

"Of the lack of security and Islamic syariah law, the former is the one the foreign investors fear most because the government has yet to be able to ensure security in the province," Aceh Provincial Legislative Assembly`s Commission-C member Zulkifli said here on Sunday.

In relation to the Islamic syariah law, Zulkifli said it could be explained to investors that it was one of local regulations that have to be obeyed.

"It does not mean that we do not like Islamic syariah law, but in reality it hampers investment and regional development," Zulkifli said.

Zulkifli admitted that he had received a lot of complaints from foreign investors who would like to invest in Aceh but they were hampered by the security factor and the imposition of Islamic syariah law.

"It is not a matter of like or dislike. Investors in reality want to invest in Aceh in a completely secured situation," Zulkifli said.

He added that the existing regional funds for the development in Aceh were insufficient.

But to develop and exploit the natural resources in the province, Zulkifli said the tourism sector would give a big contribution to regional revenue.

"We have a beautiful landscape like in other provinces but why don`t we make use of it to increase out welfare?. Imagine that certain tourism resorts in Aceh had to be closed because of Islamic syriah law," he added. (*)