PKS reports name misuse in bogus campaign projects
City councillor Nasrullah, the treasurer of the Prosperous Justice Party’s (PKS) Jakarta branch, filed a report to the city police on Friday, believing that his name had been misused in a campaign-related procurement project.
According to the police report, Nasrullah said that a man identified as businessman SP came to him on June 11 to follow up on a contract that SP said was made between him and a man identified as MS.
The contract was reportedly about the procurement of various kinds of party paraphernalia, including T-shirts and banners, adorned with the faces of the party’s candidates for this year’s gubernatorial election, Hidayat Nur Wahid and Didik J. Rachbini.
However, Nasrullah claimed in the police report that he had no knowledge of such a contract.
“The contract was signed under the name of Nasrullah, but it was different from Nasrullah’s own signature. There were also the PKS’ logo, stamp and the address of its Jakarta branch office, but all of them were fake,” the report continued.
SP had reportedly spent Rp 200 million (US$21,400) on the project.
Numerous other businessmen from Jakarta and Bandung also reported similar cases to the police on Friday. The total loss is reportedly estimated at around Rp 58 billion.
In the report, Nasrullah accused MS of violating Article 263 of the Criminal Code on document forgery, which carries a sentence of up to six years’ imprisonment. Nasrullah also submitted to the police the forged contract along with a sample genuine contract that the PKS used on project deals as a comparison.
In early May, many residents in Central Jakarta received coupons bearing the faces of incumbent candidate Fauzi Bowo and his running mate, Nachrowi Ramli.
The coupons reportedly were supposed to be exchanged for free staple foods at a place in Jl. Teuku Umar in Menteng, Central Jakarta. Only after the residents arrived at the place did they learn that the coupons were fake. The campaign team of the Fauzi-Nachrowi ticket reported the case to the city police.