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Jakarta Post

Past may hinder new tax chief's reform bid

  • Rendi A. Witular and Aditya Suharmoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 29 2009   /  10:11 am

Tjiptardjo: JP/Ricky YudhistiraNewly appointed tax chief Mochamad Tjiptardjo already has a tough job ahead of him to continue the considerably successful internal reform of the tax office, but his past track record may shroud his efforts to act tough against colleagues entangled in graft.Tjiptardjo, formerly director of intelligence and investigation at the Finance Ministry's Directorate General of Taxation, was officially sworn in Tuesday to replace Darmin Nasution, who was named Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor.The appointment of Tjiptardjo, a career tax official, is aimed at returning the reform movement to their own officials, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in a speech during Tjiptardjo's inauguration."Pak Tjiptardjo's appointment isn't based on his personal achievements, but rather from the fact he represents a generation of tax officials who for the most part hold...