Golkar suspends Bekasi regent after Meikarta bribery case
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Kharishar Kahfi
The Jakarta Post
The Golkar Party has suspended Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin’s membership after the latter was named a suspect in a high-profile bribery case concerning the issuance of property permits for the modern city of Meikarta.
Neneng, who was the Golkar chairwoman for the Bekasi regency chapter, allegedly accepted bribe money to issue operational permits for project – a flagship project of diversified conglomerate Lippo Group. The project runs in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. The case is currently being handled by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
“Golkar has imposed a firm sanction on Neneng [by] suspending her membership and official roles on the management board,” Golkar central executive board member Ace Hasan Syadzily said on Tuesday.
The sanction is based on an integrity pact signed by all regional leaders from the party in February.
If Neneng is proven guilty, she will be dismissed from the party.
“[A member’s involvement in a graft case] can ruin the party's image. The party may also lose trust from the people, while we’re facing the 2019 legislative election,” Ace said.
According to the KPK, the group promised Neneng Rp 13 billion (US$854,175), but had only given Rp 7 billion to several executives with the Bekasi regency administration.
Previously, the KPK arrested several officials from the administration’s Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Agency.
On early Tuesday, a suspect, Neneng Rahmi, the Bekasi regency PUPR Agency’s spatial planning division head, surrendered to the KPK after fleeing the scene as the KPK investigators caught her red-handed while allegedly receiving bribe money at a toll gate in Cikampek. She is undergoing questioning at the KPK headquarters, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said.
The KPK has arrested and named as a suspect Billy Sindoro, the operational director of Lippo Group, and Henry Jasmen, an employee with the company.
The antigraft body also named two consultants working for the company, Taryudi and Fitra Djaja Purnama, suspects in the case. (swd)
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