Thursday, 31 December 2009

KPK Leaders Turn Down Offer of Expensive New Cars From Govt Budget

Whilst begging for money from foreign governments to save their forests etc, the Indonesian government allocates cars each valued at $137,800 to its officials. Although declined by KPK we can be sure the remaining 150 officials have accepted their incredibly expensive new cars.

This is sad/bad enough, but compounding this waste of money is the stupidity of the British, Australian and American governments, not forgetting the EC/EU (the biggest wasters) who lavish ever increasing amounts of their taxpayers money on Indonesia. These officials may be foolish or/and corrupt, but it is our money they are giving away.

Do you think any foreign government would ship out fabulously expensive cars to Indonesian government officials? They would not - because it would be seen as excessive and reported on by the media. Money, on the other hand, is sent invisibly but used to subsidise these cars - amongst other things.


December 30, 2009 The Jakarta Globe

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders said they will not accept new cars valued at up to Rp 1.3 billion ($137,800) each that have been provided for state officials because they are “too expensive.”

The commission’s deputy chairman Haryono Umar said that he will keep using his old car. State secretary Sudi Silalahi said on Tuesday that the purchase of the cars had been approved by the House of Representatives as part of the 2010 budget.

“Even though (the cars) are part of the state budget the KPK leaders will not take them,” Haryono said at KPK office on Tuesday evening. Haryono suggested state officials should use Indonesian-made cars such as the Toyota Innova.

Presidential spokesman Julian Adrian Pasha refused to comment on the KPK’s decision to turn down the cars.

“I can’t say anything about it. Ask the state secretary,” Julian said.

On Monday, 150 state officials received a new Toyota Crown Royal Saloon. The state officials included ministers and parliament leaders.