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       The Minister of Land and Spatial Planning/ Chairperson of the National Land Affairs Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional) notified Peraturan Pemerintah No.13 Tahun 2016 (Government Regulation No.13 of 2016) concerning the procedures for granting, release or transfer of the ownership of a residential house or dwelling by foreigners domiciled in Indonesia.

It is mentioned in the regulation that foreigners who domiciled in Indonesia are people who are not citizens of Indonesia in which their existence give profits, have a business, or invest in Indonesia.

The new regulations are specifically prohibiting the foreigners from owning the freehold title. It also permits foreigners to directly purchase homes in Indonesia with the following minimum price levels:

 No.

Location

≥ Price

 1.

DKI Jakarta

  Rp 10 billion

 2.

Banten

  Rp 5 billion

3. 

West Java

  Rp 5 billion

 4.

Central Java

  Rp 3 billion

 5.

Yogyakarta

  Rp 3 billion

 6.

East Java

  Rp 5 billion

 7.

Bali

  Rp 3 billion

 8.

NTB

  Rp 2 billion

 9.

North Sumatra

  Rp 2 billion

 10.

East Kalimantan

  Rp 2 billion

 11.

South Sulawesi

  Rp 2 billion

 12.

All other regions

  Rp 1 billion

 

The new regulation also stipulate:

  1. Foreigners purchasing an apartment or a single-family residence must hold Indonesian residency status.
  2. The apartment or single-family residence that can be held by the foreigners with “Hak Pakai” (Right of Use) or “Hak Pengelolaan” (Right of Management) status must, at least initially, be purchased from the government or from a developer.
  3. “Hak Pakai” title is valid for 30 years, and can be extended to 20 years. If the extended time is over, “Hak Pakai” can be renewed for 30 years.
  4. If the foreigners die or are no longer hold an Indonesian residency, the land must be sold to a “qualified buyer” or it can be shifted to a “qualified person” within one-year.
  5. The property can also be inherited to the family member who is a foreigner with Indonesian residency.
  6. If the property has not been sold or shifted to the “qualified person” within one-year, the property will be blocked by the government or the person who hold “Hak Milik”.
  7. The much-coveted “Hak Milik” (Freehold) remains closed to foreigners in Indonesia.

The new regulations can also be a problem for foreigners who are seeking to buy and own land in Indonesia. The fact has shown that Indonesian property purchasers have little interest in purchasing the land held under “Hak Pakai”, while the procedures to convert the “Hak Pakai” title into “Hak Milik” title is expensive and time-consuming. The regulation of the property that will be blocked within one-year after their residency status ends can also result in the unfair price.

If you are looking to buy land or villas in Bali and around Indonesia on Freehold or Leasehold arrangements, we suggest that you check out www.indoinvestments.com which is the sales site for www.totalbali.com

 

Sources: Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia, Bali Discovery, Paragon Geo Immigration

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April 21st or known as Kartini’s Day is a day where the Indonesian people celebrate Kartini’s birthday in order to respect Kartini who struggled on the women’s issues in Indonesia, especially the case of the women’s education and the Javanese culture.

Raden Ayu Kartini or known as Raden Ajeng Kartini, is a Javanese woman who fought for the Indonesian women’s emancipation. She also was known as a woman who struggled for the gender equality and women and independence.

Kartini was born on April 21, 1879, in Mayong, Central Java, Indonesia. She was born as a noblewoman. Her father was a Javanese aristocrat and her mother was only a daughter of a religious scholar and not an aristocrat. The difference on the social status made Kartini separated from her mother. Her mother could not live in pendopo, a Javanese large pavilion because she was not a noblewoman. She was allowed to live only in the back part of a home.

When Kartini proposed to nominate as a noblewoman, Kartini was being asked not to call her mother with “Ibu” (Indonesian call for mother), but “Yu” (a name for a servant in a palace). She refused it. Since the beginning, Kartini never wanted to be born in the middle of a noble family. She only wanted to live as people in general.

Kartini has a Dutch best friend, Marie Ovink-Soer, a wife of a colonial administration staff in Central Java. Kartini often expressed her feeling to Ovink-Soer, especially about the women’s condition who restrained by the culture and tradition. Ovink-Soer then introduces Kartini to the feminism. She also introduced Kartini to the feminist journals “De Hollandshce Lelie”. Kartini then wrote her hope that she want to have a correspondence friend from Netherland. Her wish then fulfilled. One of the post officers named Estella Helena Zeehandelaar responded and replied her letter. Kartini then easily expressed her feeling to Stella. She told Stella about the women’s condition where they are fettered and could not choose their own future. Kartini also noticed Stella about the Indonesian people who suffered from colonization, her fidgetiness on the religion, and also her cares on education. She also said that she did not like the European who often called Kartini and her sisters as “freule” which means princess or “Raden Ajeng”, differ with Stella who rarely called her as a noblewoman. That was why Kartini likes Stella.

Kartini wrote letters to Ovink-Soer and her Dutch schoolmates for struggling from isolation. She protested the gender inequality of Javanese traditions where women were forced to marry at their young age and could not pursue their education freely as men.

Tragically, with the desire to escape from isolation, Kartini then accepted a marriage proposal arranged by her father. She wed 26 years older man and already having 3 wives and 12 children, Raden Adipati Joyodinigrat, the regent of Rembang. Her marriage rushed her hopes to accept an offered to study abroad.

Committed to spreading the feminist, Kartini set her planning to start her own school for Javanese girls with her husband’s approval. Getting a help from the Dutch government, Kartini opened her first Indonesian primary school in 1903. The school was for native girls that did not discriminate the social status.

Sadly, in September 1904, Kartini died in the regency of Rembang. She died after giving a birth to her first child. Seven years later, one of her correspondents, J.H. Abendanon collected and published Kartini’s letters into a book, entitled “From Darkness to Light: Thoughts About and on Behalf of the Javanese People”.

In 1964, the first Indonesian President, Ir.Soekarno, decided Kartini as one of the National Independence Patriots and also determined Kartini’s birthday as a festal day. From that moment, Indonesian people celebrate Kartini’s Day on April 21. They celebrate it by having a contest such as cooking contest, tailor ship, and also fashion contest where people is wearing traditional clothes from any province in Indonesia.

 

Sources: What’s New Bali, Kompas.com, Bio., CNN Indonesia, Liputan6

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Earth Day 2016

April 23rd is universally known as the Earth Day, where people around the world celebrate and respect to the earth. Several activities are done by the people in order to celebrate the Earth day, such as seed planting, recycling the trash, and many other activities related to making the world a better place.

In Bali, there were many individuals and companies celebrating the earth day.
 
Here are what we a few of them got up to:
 
Bali Safari & Marine Park celebrated this earth day with a visit from the children of the Eben Haezer Orphanage inBali. Bali Safari & Marine Park created activities which reflect on the “Green Commitment” of Bali Safari, such as making water retention wells or bio-press, creating useful items from recyclable materials, and witnessing how the Park’s Safari Rangers make recycled paper from elephant manure. These kinds of activities are expected to give children the education and awareness of the importance of environmental protection and create a greener world.
 
On the other side, PT. Jimbaran Hijau who corporates with UPT Disdikpora Kuta Selatan celebrated the earth day by organizing Jimbaran Festival 2016 or called as JimbaFest 2016 with the theme “Green, Education, Art, Culture, and Fun”. There were numerous activities carried out by Jimbaran Hijau, such as Green Competition, Garden Tour, Night Market, Community Gathering, and Green Concert. The Green Competition held on April 23rd, 2016 from 09.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. local time. The competition was divided into several competitions, such as Trash Sorting Games, Seed Planting Games, “Wayan Jeha” Drawing Competition, Poster Competition, Recycle Competition, Green Speech Competition, and Green Selfie Competition. Besides the Green Competition, there is a Garden Tour which invited the participants to go around seeing the horticultural garden activity and also the cultivation in the hydroponic house. These activities ran from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. JimbaFest 2016 were also supported by the Night Market and Community Gathering activity where people can visit Jimbaran culinary and product stands and also the Green Concert which invited students from SLB B PTN Jimbaran and local artists and band.
 
All of the activities held by both Bali Safari & Marine Park and Jimbaran Hijau showed people how importance is it for us to keep the earth.
 
We try to represent villas that have large gardens and try to implement health systems that reduce our impact on the environment, if you want to book a villa with us and find out how you can give back to the Earth, check out www.balivillaportfolio.com and ask us about our connections with our supported NGO’s www.gus-bali.org and www.mumbali.org
 
Source: Jimbafest, Bali Discover, Antara News
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