The Jakarta Post
A study by the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) has found that East Java Governor Soekarwo is the highest-paid local government official for 2012, receiving a breath-taking Rp 642.36 million (US$66,655) per month.
The budget watchdog group said that trailing Soekarwo were two governors in Java; West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan with a take-home pay of Rp 603.42 million per month and Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo at Rp 438.09 million.
Awang Faroek Ishak, the governor of resource-rich East Kalimantan, came fourth with Rp 344.08 million, while North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho is in fifth with Rp 327.25 million per month.
FITRA researcher M. Maulana said that Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who gets a princely Rp 1.2 billion per month, was not eligible for the list given Jakarta’s distinctive administrative status.