Jakarta Governor Hands Prized Metallica Gift to KPK for Conflict of Interest Check
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo surrendered a signed bass guitar sent by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after the antigraft body saw the governor proudly showing the gift off in Indonesian media.
All public officials are required to report the receipt of gifts to the antigraft commission within 30 days. The KPK will check to see whether the bass guitar is in any way a conflict of interest. If it passes the KPK’s checks, the signed bass will be returned.
“After 30 days we will announce if the gift can be returned to the recipient or should be confiscated by the state,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.
Joko was sent the maroon Ibanez bass by Trujillo in April. The bass, which reads “To Jokowi Keep Playing That Cool, Funky Bass!” was sent as a gift to Joko, an avid heavy metal fan.
“I was very happy to have this, because I really like heavy metal, especially the old bands,” Joko said on Friday as he showed the maroon bass off to reporters.
The governor, who is known for flashing the horns in photos, said he planned to ask Metallica to play a concert in Jakarta.
Joko said that the KPK was free to keep the guitar if it was declared a conflict of interest.
“If they say I can’t have it, so be it, I will return the guitar to the state,” he said.
The governor said he considered the bass a souvenir. He said it was common for ambassadors to exchange diplomatic gifts to honorable guests.
“But just to be careful I decided to report it to KPK,” he said.