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Councillor faces ethics probe after Twitter posts over budget shenanigans

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  01:40 am
William Aditya Sarana (tribunnews dot com)

William Aditya Sarana (tribunnews dot com)Born in 1996, William Aditya Sarana, a politician from the nascent Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), is the youngest and only Generation Z (Gen-Z) member of the City Council. His older colleagues seem to be struggling with his way of doing things.    The 23-year-old politician has ruffled feathers in the city bureaucracy after exposing questionable allocations in the proposed 2020 city budget through social media and the press.He posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, @willsarana, on Oct. 29 about a budget allocation of Rp 82 billion (US$5.9 million) for multipurpose glue in the city’s 2020 budget. The line item was proposed by the West Jakarta Education Agency.At a glance, the figure may look innocuous, but William explained that the glue will be given to 37,500 students in Jakarta, meaning that the city administration w...