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Jakarta Post

Dipo’s maneuver and the President’s face saving strategy

  • Ahmad Khoirul Umam

Brisbane, Queensland   /   Fri, November 30 2012   /  10:36 am

Tension between State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan and House of Representatives lawmakers over rent-seeking politicians has yet to subside, but Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam has started a fire that exacerbates disharmony between the two power branches.

As if to confirm Dahlan’s drive against corrupt politicians, Dipo filed reports of alleged graft and mark-ups within three ministries that involved several politicians with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Dipo also accused special staff of Cabinet ministers’ who come from political parties of playing the powerful “mafia” role in determining tender winners of various projects.

Dipo’s maneuver carries some strategic objectives.

First, as one of the non-partisan Cabinet ministers, the move is expected to deal political parties a blow that could ultimately reduce their credibility within ...