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Jakarta Post

Agus goes against the tide in bridge fiasco

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25 2012   /  10:15 am

Agus Martowardojo: (JP)No issue has generated more ill will between Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo and his Cabinet peers than the US$10 billion Sunda Strait Bridge (SSB) and economic zone project.Agus’ decision to review the presidential decree authorizing the project for legal flaws that may potentially cause state losses has met with opposition from Agus’ boss, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, and also from Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto, who is responsible for the project. An official at the Cabinet secretariat who declined to be named to discuss the situation, said that Hatta and Djoko considered Agus a “deserter” for refusing to comply with President Susilo Bambang Yudho-yono’s order for construction of the project to get under way as soon as possible. “It’s Agus versus everyone,” the official said. “As finance minister, it’s obvious tha...