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Alleged graft reported in Jakarta school renovation fund

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 21, 2018   /   07:20 am
Alleged graft reported in Jakarta school renovation fund Parents of students attending SD Pinangsia 06 state elementary school and SMP 22 state junior high school arrive at the compound that houses the schools on Jl. Jembatan Batu, West Jakarta, on Aug. 3, 2017. The students were moved to other school buildings since the complex was set to undergo major renovations. (JP/P.J.LEO)

The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) urged the Jakarta administration on Sunday to open an investigation into the Rp 180 billion (US$12.7 million) allocated for school renovations last year.

The move was triggered by a report by Warta Kota claiming irregularities in several school renovation projects.  

At SD Pinangsia 01/02 state elementary school in West Jakarta, for example, renovation works carried out were reportedly different from those reported in official documents.  

Girders that framed the roof were welded instead of connected using bolts.  Meanwhile, the document showed that Rp 4.7 million had been allocated to buy 1,200 bolts.

Documents also mentioned a specific type of roof tile would be installed to frame the edges of the roof that would cost approximately Rp 6.9 million. However, the edges of the roof did not have a frame.

“This could be a fictitious budget and the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] should crack down. We’ll soon get our hands on the case, too,” said ICW researcher Febri Hendry.

In the past few weeks, Jakarta Police have summoned people to be questioned in connection to the renovations. Education sub-agency heads from several municipalities are slated to be questioned next week. (wit)