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Jakarta Post

Transjakarta sacks new boss after revelations of his criminal history emerge

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27, 2020   /   05:10 pm
Transjakarta sacks new boss after revelations of his criminal history emerge Donny Andy S. Saragih (left) and PT Transjakarta former president director Agung Wicaksono. (Courtesy of PT Transjakarta/via

Transjakarta shareholders have decided to sack the city-owned company's new president director Donny Andy S. Saragih less than a week after his appointment following revelations that he had previously been convicted of fraud.

Donny, the former Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ) deputy head, was found to have lied during the selection process to fill Transjakarta's top position, according to a statement issued by the Jakarta administration.

He initially passed the competence test and expertise test stipulated in Government Regulation No. 54/2017 on region-owned enterprises (BUMD) and Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 5/2018 on the selection of city-owned company officials. He also signed a statement letter on "obeying the law" in an attempt to hide his criminal record.

According to a case registered in 2018 at the Central Jakarta District Court, Donny, along with Porman Tambunan, also known as Andi Tambunan, was charged under articles 378, 55 and 64 of the Criminal Code for fraud. The court found the pair guilty on Aug. 15, 2018, and sentenced them to one year’ imprisonment and ordered them to remain in the city.

Prosecutor Priyo W subsequently filed an appeal to the verdict, which the court granted on Oct. 12 of the same year. The court also requested that the two be detained, Antara has reported.

Donny and Andi then filed a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court, but it was rejected in a verdict dated Feb. 12, 2019, and the pairs’ prison sentences were increased by two years each.

The BUMD supervisory body (BP BUMD) initially received the report on Donny’s legal status on Saturday. Transjakarta shareholders proceeded to cancel Donny's appointment, made during the company shareholders' meeting on Jan. 23. Donny was to replace former president director Agung Wicaksono.

The shareholders also appointed Transjakarta technical and facilities director Yoga Adiwinarto as acting president director on Monday.

The Jakarta Ombudsman had suspected maladministration in Donny's appointment after it received a tip-off and conducted a background review of Donny’s criminal record.

Citing the 2018 gubernatorial regulation, Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho said that candidates for city-owned company director posts must not be have been convicted of any crime in the past five years.

“How can a person [found guilty] become a BUMD official in Jakarta? We are still confirming this and delving through the documents,” Teguh said as quoted by Antara.

He said the Jakarta Ombudsman would also summon officials from BP BUMD to investigate whether there had been maladministration in the appointment. (ami)