For the sake of promoting the ambitious project, Lippo has poured more than Rp 1.5 trillion in marketing funds. The massive Meikarta advertisements have been seen since the beginning of 2017. Almost all promotional media such as television, radio, newspapers, billboards, and social media are full of Meikarta advertisements, which offer classy metropolitan residences in the east of Jakarta. The buyers’ interest was so high that the order for apartments in Meikarta had reached 16,800 units and these sales got the MURI record as the most apartment unit sales in one day until it was discovered that the Meikarta Project did not have an Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) and Building Permit (IMB) permit.

The Consumer Protection Act prohibits businesses from offering, promoting, and advertising goods or services that are not yet available. The Flats Act states that the developer must at least have a permit to construct flats if they market before construction. The government should strictly prohibit the sale of property that is not accompanied by a full license. Buying and selling an unfinished apartment needs to be stopped because it may be hazardous for the buyer. Apartment consumers are always in a weak position if the project is stalled or the developer goes bankrupt.