Indonesia’s Budget Body Deputy Admits To Meeting on Funding Split

By webadmin on 07:46 pm Aug 08, 2012
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Rizky Amelia

The deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee has admitted that he presided over a meeting that discussed the allocation of the Regional Infrastructure Adjustment Fund for the 2011 fiscal year.

“I presided over the meeting,” Tamsil Linrung told the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday.

“I know about the decision-making process of the DPID allocation,” he added, referring to the fund.

Tamsil was testifying as a witness in the trial of legislator Wa Ode Nurhayati, who is accused of graft relating to the fund.

But Tamsil, a member of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), refused to provide details about the DPID, whose allocation was allegedly decided by the leaders of the powerful Budget Committee.

Last month, businessman Fahd El Fouz testified that Tamsil and Mirwan Amir, another deputy head of the Budget Committee, abused their power with respect to the DPID allocation for three Aceh districts.

“The ones in Aceh Besar and Bener Meriah were taken care of by a Democrat, Mirwan Amir. The one in Pidie Jaya was taken care of by Tamsil Linrung,” Fahd said.

Fahd said he learned this in 2010 from the staff of Bener Meriah Public Works Agency head Armaida.

Nurhayati was indicted at the Anti-Corruption Court in June on suspicion of accepting a Rp 6 billion ($636,000) bribe from Fahd and fellow businessmen Saul Paulus David Nelwan, and Abram Noach Haris Surrahman in exchange for securing legislative approval of infrastructure projects in the three Aceh districts.

Nurhayati also allegedly asked for Rp 900 million in kickbacks for a similar project in Minahasa, North Sulawesi.

The National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker had earlier accused leaders in the House of Representatives and the House Budget Committee of receiving kickbacks worth more than Rp 1.2 trillion from the Rp 7.7 trillion budgeted for regional infrastructure adjustment projects.

Nurhayati also accused House Speaker Marzuki Alie of receiving Rp 300 billion in kickbacks from a large regional infrastructure project. Marzuki responded in dramatic fashion by declaring that he was willing to perform a sumpah pocong (death oath) to prove his innocence.

Wa Ode Nurzaenab, Nurhayati’s sister and attorney, said she would bring the leaders of the Budget Committee to the witness stand. Zaenab told BeritaSatu that the list includes Tamsil, Mirwan and several Budget Committee staff, including one by the name of Nando.

Zaenab expressed hope that the witnesses will tell the truth, in particular because the trial is being held during the holy month of Ramadan.

The lawyer said that in the previous trial, it had been proven that her client did not handle the DPID budget allocation in the three Aceh districts.