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Anies in hot seat as graft busters investigate flagship housing subsidy policy

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 24, 2021   /  10:00 am
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A man walks past a public cemetery near a building site for Jakarta's flagship housing project on Feb. 20, 2019. The apartment block in Pondok Kelapa, East Jakarta, is part of the zero-down-payment housing scheme initiated by Governor Anies Baswedan.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan could be in trouble after the president director of city-owned developer PD Sarana Jaya, Yoory Pinontoang, was named a suspect in a graft investigation linked to the governor’s zero-down-payment housing policy. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Yoory a suspect for allegedly marking up the cost for the purchase of a 4.2-hectare plot of land supposedly earmarked for Anies’ subsidized housing program, resulting in financial losses of around Rp 100 billion (US$6.9 million) for the city. It is the first corruption case to be investigated under Anies’ leadership, adding to a long list of problems and lackluster performance his administration faces. Authorities have launched probes into the subsidized housing project since last year after receiving tip-offs alleging that officials from two developers, Sarana Jaya and...