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Teman Ahok accusations uncalled for: Ahok

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 16, 2016   /  01:01 pm
Teman Ahok accusations uncalled for: Ahok Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama takes a selfie photo with visitors of the Teman Ahok Fair held at Gudang Sarinah in Pancoran, South Jakarta, on May. 29. (Kompas.com/Jessi Carina)

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has repelled the claim by a lawmaker that his volunteer group Teman Ahok (Friends of Ahok) received Rp 30 billion in donations from construction firms involved with reclamation projects in North Jakarta.

Ahok questioned the motive of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Junimart Girsang who said in a hearing on Wednesday with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that he had information about hefty cash flows to Teman Ahok.

"As a lawmaker, Junimart has immunity, so we can't sue him. However, politically his statement is uncalled for," Ahok told journalists at City Hall on Thursday.

The former East Belitung regent said he was not involved in the daily operations nor establishment of Teman Ahok, who had helped collect identity card copies of Jakartans to support Ahok's independent candidacy in the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. 

Ahok suspected that some people were using an ongoing graft case related to the reclamation projects to create a public misconception of him. This is another possible public attack, besides that of the Sumber Waras land procurement case claimed by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to have caused state losses, which involved Ahok. The latter case was recently rejected by the KPK.

"I am clean. I dare officials to check my wealth," Ahok said. 

KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said on Wednesday his agency would look into Junimart's claim and prepare an investigation. (rin)

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