Indonesia has been dubbed “Batikistan” by some foreign investors because of its notorious “Batika” (boiler) houses, which are often used to house foreigners.
The country has been in a legal dispute with Malaysia over its construction of a new dam, the second such project in the past decade.
The Jakarta-based business magazine, Batik, published an article earlier this month that highlighted some of the country’s most notorious batik houses.
It said some residents of the island’s most popular Batikistan houses were caught up in an illegal land exchange, and in March, the Jakarta governor banned the sale of land in Batik to foreigners.
The article also said that Batik residents had been forced to sell their homes for hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
However, the company that operates Batik told Business Insider that there are no such transactions.
“The owners are all Batikans, and they have no business in Batika.
So they would have no need to sell,” the company’s chief executive, Tukri Batik-Kamparama, told Business Week.
“If there are foreigners, they would need a permit and we would take care of them,” he added.
According to Batik’s website, the island of Batik is “a paradise paradise where the sea meets the sky” and “a place of refuge for all of Indonesia’s minorities”.
It says its properties are home to more than 500,000 people and include the Batik House, Batika, the Batika Bungalow, Batisa Bungalows, Batiki Bungalouses and Batik Bedrooms. More: