| JAKARTA, March 24
JAKARTA, March 24 The Indonesian business
partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu
traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury
hotel and golf resort it is developing near a temple on the
island of Bali.
The MNC Group, run by Indonesian billionaire Hary
Tanoesoedibjo, aims to start operations at the resort next to
the Indian Ocean in 2019 or 2020, said a company official.
The Bali project, which will include a six-star hotel,
villas and a golf course, will be developed by MNC and managed
by the Trump Hotel Collection, a subsidiary of the Trump
Organization founded by U.S. President Donald Trump.
"At the moment (the Trump project in Bali) is in the design
stage. The tallest (structure) is only three-storeys," said
Herman Bunjamin, vice president director at PT MNC Land Tbk
, the MNC Group's property unit.
The company would follow local government rules in Bali
stipulating that a building could not be taller than 15 metres
(50 ft), and respect the Hindu religion, he said.
Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, while
Bali is home to a majority of the country's Hindu minority.
"Temples will not be disturbed, temples location will not be
changed," Bunjamin told reporters.
The resort is refurbishing an existing hotel complex near
the Tanah Lot temple, a sensitive cultural and spiritual site
for many Balinese.
Tanoesoedibjo has previously denied a media report
suggesting there had been resistance from locals with some
refusing to sell extra land, saying "there's no issue with the
Bunjamin said the company would focus on 110 hectares (272
acres) of land it already had and would only look to expand if
there were land owners who wanted to sell at the right price.
MNC also has another partnership with the Trump Organization
to manage a luxury resort in Bogor on Java island.
Tanoesoedibjo, the chairman and chief executive of MNC
Group, has previously said his group plans to invest between
$500 million and $1 billion in the two resorts.
On Friday, MNC also launched a new luxury hotel partnership
with Hyatt Hotels Corp to operate Indonesia's first Park
Hyatt in the capital Jakarta.
MNC is investing up to 2.7 trillion rupiah ($202.58 million)
in the hotel project, which will also include an office tower,
($1 = 13,328 rupiah)
(Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Ed Davies and Himani