Jakarta

Fauzi to examine budget
report

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo vowed to look into reports of possible corruption involving the administration budget and some of his subordinates as put forward by the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).

Fauzi, however, said that he had receive details from the PPATK.

“I read it in the media, but I will immediately look into the information. If it’s true, we will surely handle it,” the governor said Tuesday.

Fauzi, who is seeking re-election in next month’s runoff election, reiterated his administration’s commitment to upholding the law in uncovering corruption cases.

Earlier this week, the PPTAK announced that the Jakarta administration had the highest rate of possible corruption cases out of any province in the archipelago.

PPATK deputy chief Agus Santoso said that Jakarta’s rate was 46.7 percent, followed by West Java (6 percent), North Sumatra (4 percent), Central Java (3.5 percent) and Aceh and South Kalimantan (2.1 percent).

Agus said that most cases of corruption in the regional administration involved embezzlement by transferring funds to the bank account of the respective administration’s treasurer.

The PPATK, he said, has analyzed a total of 916 possible corruption cases and 80 bribe cases in the regions between 2011 and 2012.

“We have reported this to law enforcement institutions. The public can check at the District Courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court,” Agus said.

Separately, Jakarta Regional Finance Management Body (BPKD) chief Sukri Bey claimed that the administration had implemented tight systems that minimized chances for embezzlement.

“For example, the treasury account of each city agency and body is held at city-owned Bank DKI. Any irregularity would be easily detected,” Sukri said.

In February, non-active deputy governor Prijanto reported his former boss to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on allegations of corruption. The report he filed, Prijanto said, contained data and evidence of corruption allegedly orchestrated by Fauzi.

In May, the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) gave the Jakarta administration’s 2011 financial report its highest mark, saying that the financial report was all clear for the first time in the administration’s history.

The audit agency, however, underlined that the audit opinion did not equate to a clean administration, saying it was not the only parameter of clean governance.

For the last five years, Jakarta’s budget has steadily increased, climbing from Rp 20.59 trillion in 2008 to Rp 23.96 trillion in 2009, Rp 23.96 trillion in 2010, Rp 31.7 trillion in 2011 and Rp 41.3 trillion (US$4.33 billion) this year. According to an audit dated Dec. 31, 2010, the administration had assets worth Rp 407.1 trillion.

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