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Anies forms team to probe officials behind irregular budget items

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 3, 2019   /  10:59 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (left) officiates a flag-hoisting ceremony on Aug. 17, 2019 in full dress uniform at Maju Beach, a controversial reclaimed island in North Jakarta.(JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has formed an ad hoc team to probe several questionable line items that emerged during the deliberation of the capital's 2020 draft budget priorities and ceiling (KUA-PPAS). The irregular items carry exorbitant figures and have put Anies’ administration in hot water, with the public questioning budgetary transparency and the purpose of the allocations. Anies said he wanted to get to the bottom of the issue and determine whether the irregularities were caused by a systemic error, were deliberate or were a human error. “We will probe anyone who worked recklessly,” he said at City Hall on Friday, referring to all civil servants who contributed line items to the draft budget. Anies set up the ad hoc team under a gubernatorial decree and appointed Jakarta Secretary Saefullah as its head. The t...