Law requires Jokowi’s ministers to report wealth

Law requires Jokowi’s ministers to report wealth

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Sunday called on all ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet to submit wealth reports to the antigraft body within the next two months.

KPK deputy head for the prevention unit, Johan Budi, said that the 1999 Clean and Good Governance Law required all state officials, including ministers, to hand over wealth reports to the KPK no later than 60 days after being sworn in.

Johan said that none of Jokowi’s 34 ministers had yet done so.

“No [current minister] has reported [their wealth] as of today. Every state official is required to submit their wealth reports soon after being sworn in,” Johan said on Sunday.

In contrast to the current Cabinet, Johan said that as of Sunday, as many as seven out of the 34 former ministers in former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration had submitted wealth reports to the KPK.

According to KPK data, the seven ministers are former cooperatives and small and medium enterprises minister Syarifuddin Hasan; former state-owned enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan; former administrative reforms minister Azwar Abubakar; former industry minister MS Hidayat; former research and technology minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta; former state secretary Sudi Silalahi; and former agriculture minister Suswono.

Johan added that three deputy ministers in Yudhoyono’s administration — former deputy industry minister Alex SW Retraubun, former deputy finance minister Ani Ratnawati and former deputy state-owned enterprises minister Mahmuddin Yasin — had also submitted wealth reports to the antigraft body.

Johan urged the rest of Yudhoyono’s former Cabinet to follow suit.

The KPK said that it was essential to examine the wealth holdings of former ministers to make sure that all wealth could be legally accounted for, and as part of the broader effort to combat corruption.

Prior to joining Jokowi’s Cabinet, as many as 20 current ministers regularly submitted wealth reports with the KPK.

As of January 2010, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani reported 34 billion rupiah and US$28,125 in wealth holdings, while in 2004 State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno reported 48 billion rupiah.

Other well-heeled ministers in Jokowi’s Cabinet are Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara, who reported 32 billion rupiah and $129,705 in wealth in 2011; Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, who reported 24 billion rupiah in 2010; Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan, who was worth 23 billion rupiah and $5,101 in 2012; and Industry Minister Saleh Husin, who reported 19 billion rupiah in 2013.

Earlier, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said that as many as 21 ministers were likely to have conflicts of interests due to their current positions in political parties and corporations. The watchdog called on the President to require them to step down from these positions as a preventative measure.

Six of the 21 ministers flagged by the ICW are affiliated with large corporations, including Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, who is the owner and president director of private carrier PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation (Susi Air), as well as the fish exporting company, PT ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Products; Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel, who is president director of electronic equipment company PT Gobel International; and Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman, who is the CEO of PT Tiran Group.

(Rp10,000 = US$0.82)

Publication Date : 03-11-2014

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