Building Firms Grilled Over Hambalang
The antigraft agency on Tuesday questioned several contractors involved in the construction of West Java’s Hambalang Sports Stadium.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in July charged the person in charge of the tender process — Deddy Kusdinar, the head of the Sports Ministry’s finance and household bureau — over graft in the multi-trillion rupiah project.
“Yes, there are several people questioned as witnesses in the case of D.K.,” KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said, referring to Deddy by his initials.
Priharsa identified the witnesses as Muhammad Basir, president director of Yodya Karya, which was in charge of Hambalang’s master plan, and Dardi Gunawan, an employee of Adhi Karya, one of two state-owned builders awarded the contract.
The KPK also questioned Wisler Manalu, the Sports Ministry’s evaluation and dissemination bureau chief, who also played a senior role in the project. Wisler said after his questioning that he was only questioned “in regards to the tender process.”
“Everything is done according to a presidential decree. There is nothing else, nothing funny going on,” he said.
The KPK has not divulged much detail on the case, including the scale of losses incurred or whether bribery was involved.
But the KPK and the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) have repeatedly said an audit of the project has found a “clear” indication of corruption.
Before a House of Representatives hearing, KPK deputy chairman Busyro Muqoddas said his organization was also investigating why the amount of funds earmarked for the project ballooned.
“It’s certainly strange. [The figure grew] from Rp 100 billion to Rp 200 billion to Rp 1.2 trillion. And then there was an additional Rp 1.4 trillion which brings it to Rp 2.5 trillion [$261 million],” Busyro said.
The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), Indonesia’s anti-money laundering agency, has tracked down 23 suspicious transactions related to the Rp 2.5 trillion project.
Earlier, graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin said that Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum helped rig the bidding process in the Hambalang case.