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Jakarta Post

Religious Affairs, Home Ministries receive unqualified opinion from BPK

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 29, 2017   /   01:32 pm
Religious Affairs, Home Ministries receive unqualified opinion from BPK Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The Religious Affairs and Home Ministries have received an unqualified opinion – meaning the ministries fully comply with auditing standards  – for their 2016 financial report from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on Monday.

Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said it was the first time his office had received the unqualified opinion after 12 years.

Last year, the ministry received a qualified opinion for the 2015 financial report.

"In 2011 to 2014, we got unqualified opinions with an explanatory paragraph, but in 2015 we were down graded to qualified opinion," he said in Jakarta on Monday.

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“With no less than 4,557 task forces, the Religious Affairs Ministry is very large, so the implementation of accrual based accounting by the central government made us work hard.”

For Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, the unqualified opinion was the third in a row. "This, third in a row, unqualified opinion was the result of tight supervision and hard work. In the past three years, we have fired 97 staff due to fraudulent behaviours," Tjahjo said.

Other than the two ministries, BPK also gave an unqualified opinion to five other institutions, namely Batam Industrial Development Authority (BP Batam), Suramadu Area Development Authority (BPWS), National Agency on Border Management (BNPP), Sabang Area Management Body (BPKS), and Hajj Management Body (BPIH).

The auditing process by BPK of ministries and other government institutions was tainted by the arrests of two of its auditors by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators for allegedly receiving bribes. (bbn)