The Jakarta Post
The Youth and Sports Ministry has requested that its former minister, Roy Suryo, who served under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second term as president, return thousands of state assets that he borrowed during his tenure.
The ministry's request, written in a letter dated May 1, was signed by ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto.
Gatot confirmed the letter was sent on Monday. “Yes, we sent the letter,” he told tempo.com.
The letter states that the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) found there were 3,226 items borrowed by Roy's office that had yet to be returned to the ministry.
The agency’s finding was based on an audit conducted in the three months before the letter was issued.
It was not the first time the ministry sent a letter to Roy, a Democratic Party politician.
On June 17, 2016, a letter was issued in which the ministry detailed items that were borrowed, including camera lenses, a mattress, a water pump and a Turkish carpet. Roy responded to it with a letter seven weeks later, saying that his office had returned all the items.
However, he said that, at that time, he did not oversee the handover process directly.
The BPK gave his office a qualified opinion according to the agency's 2015 financial report, he said.
“If it’s a qualified opinion, I think it’s clear, nothing matters,” he added.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Roy Suryo has not responded to phone calls and messages from tempo.co for comment. (sau)