Golkar Denies Leaders’ Meeting Postponement Linked to Ratu Allegations
Golkar has denied the postponement of its national leaders’ meeting was caused by an alleged bribery case involving one of its senior officials, Banten governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.
“There is no such thing,” Golkar party’s chairman Aburizal Bakrie, said Wednesday when asked about the meeting which was supposed to be held by the end of this month.
Golkar deputy secretary general, Nurul Arifin, said the postponement was because the party could not find the right venue.
“We will hold the meeting by Nov. 20 at the latest, we hope the location we want to use will be available by then,” she said.
Golkar senior politicians, Ratu Atut Chosiyah and lawmaker Chairun Nisa are implicated in an alleged bribery case involving former constitutional court chief, Akil Mochtar.
Another person arrested in connection with the same case is Atut’s brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana.
Atut has also been slapped with a travel ban in the case — a move usually employed by the KPK before naming a person a suspect.
Atut’s husband, Hikmat Tomet, is also a Golkar house member.
Tubagus and a lawyer arrested at Akil’s home with Chairun, Susi Tur Andayani, are alleged to have given Rp 1 billion ($87,000) in kickbacks to Akil to rule in favor of the Golkar-backed candidate in the Aug. 31 election for district chief in Banten’s Lebak district.
Aburizal has said that despite the scandal the party was targeting 30 percent of the vote at the 2014 general election. The party leader’s target is considerably higher than the 20 percent put forward by Agung Laksono, a Golkar deputy chairman, and the 14-19 percent projected in various polls.