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Jakarta Post

Why infrastructure projects prone to graft

Melbourne   /   Mon, June 10, 2019   /  10:14 am
Why infrastructure projects prone to graft Orange is the new black: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named former House of Representatives deputy speaker Taufik Kurniawan a suspect in a graft case surrounding the deliberation of the regional budget of Kebumen in Central Java, making him the second House leader implicated in corruption. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has cast himself as an infrastructure president, and spent big on infrastructure development since he took office in 2014. In addition to major infrastructure projects, he has also promoted the use of village funds (dana desa) for local, small-scale infrastructure projects. The 2014 Village Law was passed under Jokowi’s predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but it was enacted only in 2015. The government has increased its annual budget allocation for the village funds since the program began, from Rp 20.67 trillion in 2015 to Rp 46.98 trillion in 2016, to Rp 60 trillion in 2017 and in 2018, and to Rp 70 trillion in 2019. According to the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), the abuse of these funds has also increased rapidly. The ICW recorded 181 corruption cases in 2015-2018 that involved 184 suspects and incurred losses of Rp 40.6 bi...

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