KPK to probe graft at Merpati
JAKARTA: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it could launch an investigation into an alleged graft case at the state-owned carrier PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines (Merpati).
“Anyone who has relevant data on the case, please report it to the KPK,” KPK spokesperson Johan Budi said over the weekend as quoted by tempo.co.
Johan said that the KPK had received reports on alleged graft in the company since 2011.
“The KPK is still studying the report to learn whether we can find sufficient indications of corruption,” he said.
Newly-appointed Merpati Director Rudy Setyopurnomo said that he had taken actions against graft officials in the company.
“We found that from 20 divisions in the company, 12 officials were found to be corrupt,” he said.
He said that the corrupt officials could be found in many divisions, including the revenue division, cargo, baggage handling and fuel service division.
“They were more busy stealing money from the company instead of doing their jobs. They have allowed Merpati to lose Rp 700 billion (US$74.2 million) each year,” he said.