Jakarta Governor Hands Prized Metallica Gift to KPK for Conflict of Interest Check

Heru Budi Hartono holds a bass guitar signed by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo owned by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo on Monday, May 6, 2013. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Heru Budi Hartono, special staff to the Jakarta governor, holds a bass guitar signed by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo owned by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo on Monday, May 6, 2013. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

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.

  • BigMac

    When you get fan mail from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, you know you’re a cool cat! Really hope Joko gets to keep it.

  • Fezzer

    why to go Joko -

  • devine

    Good sample set by Joko!!! Hope too, that he will get it back…

  • Roland

    I don’t really see a conflict of interests by receiving a bass guitar from a real classy rock band, especially since Metallica doesn’t have any vested interests in Indonesia or Jakarta.
    Really cool present though. I hope he can keep it too.

    Still, Jokowi’s gesture should and hopefully serves as a shining example!

    • http://twitter.com/hutami12 Coffee&Me

      “…especially since Metallica doesn’t have any vested interests in Indonesia or Jakarta.”

      ——————–

      Do you work for Metallica, Roland? it seems that you know a lot.

    • http://twitter.com/hutami12 Coffee&Me

      “…especially since Metallica doesn’t have any vested interests in Indonesia or Jakarta.”

      ——————–

      Do you work for Metallica, Roland? it seems that you know a lot.

    • http://twitter.com/hutami12 Coffee&Me

      “…especially since Metallica doesn’t have any vested interests in Indonesia or Jakarta.”

      ——————–

      Do you work for Metallica, Roland? it seems that you know a lot.

    • http://twitter.com/hutami12 Coffee&Me

      “…especially since Metallica doesn’t have any vested interests in Indonesia or Jakarta.”

      ——————–

      Do you work for Metallica, Roland? it seems that you know a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

    So why does the KPK not investigate all of the presents given to some well known highly placed politicians related to SBY and all of the presents ect ect ect recieved for baby showers and birthdays and anniverseries?

    The rumour in the community is that the highest in the land gave the order to KPK to confiscate the guitar from Jokowi. Don’t forget the words of Oliver Stone: “Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.”

    • devine

      Wrong; he was not ordered to hand it in but he did so within the prescribed time as required… so the case for KPK would be to find all those people taking Rolex’s and cars.. :)

  • Pakle

    awwww, let him have his guitar!