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Health Ministry being continuously
picked on: Siti

Siti Fadillah Supari: Former health minister. (Kompas.com/Maria Natalia)
Siti Fadillah Supari: Former health minister. (Kompas.com/Maria Natalia)

Graft suspect and former health minister Siti Fadillah Supari has complained that law enforcement agencies were picking on health officials while being seemingly oblivious to accusations against other ministries.

The member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s advisory council said fraudulent practices also have allegedly occurred at the Education and Culture Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry.

“But why is the Health Ministry the only department that the law enforcement agencies are dismantling?” she said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

“The anti-graft body has summoned me for so many times that I’m tired already. However, investigators never address the graft cases in other ministries,” she said, referring to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Siti allegedly abused her powers as health minister during the procurement of stock for the ministry’s crisis center in 2005.

The case, currently being investigated by the police, allegedly caused Rp 6.15 billion (US$670,350) in state losses.

Siti, who was health minister in 2004-2009, has also been accused of being involved in several other graft cases, including one related to alleged bid-rigging in the procurement of medical equipment during the bird flu epidemic in 2006. (asa/mtq)

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