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(From The Jakarta Post)
The Semarang city administration's plan to allow a century-old golf club to be turned into a housing complex has come under fire from experts and locals who fear the move would worsen the annual flooding problem in the city.
Development of the Semarang Golf Club (SGC) area began in 1901, and its location above the city has made the SGC a vital water catchment area for the rivers that flow toward flood-prone central Semarang.
"If the SGC becomes a housing complex, then flooding in Semarang will get worse because there is nothing to catch the rain and water will just flow to the lower Semarang city area," Eko Budihardjo, a …