The Jakarta Post
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) gave an unqualified opinion on Jakarta’s 2017 financial report on Monday -- the first one in four years.
A wajar tanpa pengecualian (unqualified opinion or also known as WTP) is the best audit grade given by the agency to a government institution.
“Based on the BPK’s audit on the Jakarta administration’s 2017 [financial report], including the implementation of the administration’s plans, it granted the unqualified opinion to the administration,” BPK member Isma Yatun said during a plenary meeting at City Hall, as quoted by kompas.com.
Despite a transparent budget that had been implemented by then-governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his deputy, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the administration had failed to achieve a clean status for its financial reports since 2013.
The agency cited irregularities in several asset procurements as the reasons for giving a qualified opinion on Jakarta’s financial reports in the previous four years.
The BPK found inflated prices over the purchase of a plot of land in West Jakarta that belonged to the Sumber Waras Foundation. The administration had planned to build a city-owned cancer hospital in the area.
Ahok also did not succeed in fixing the financial report when he replaced Jokowi, who was elected president in 2014.
Despite the clean status, Isma said the audit agency still found several problems in the 2017 financial report, including school and educational operational funds, as well as construction projects.
She said the BPK gave the administration 60 days after receiving the full audit report to follow up on the agency’s recommendations and requested that the administration improved the management of its budget. (ami/wit)