Friday, November 11, 2005

Riau spending spree

Riau is one of the richest province in Indonesia thanks to its vast natural resources. Oil, gas, timber, pulp & paper, palm oil, you name it. In the past, under a heavy centralistic administration, most of the income went to the state coffers. Those days are over with the implementation of autonomy which gives more authority and financial freedom to provinces.
The idea was to empower local economy in an effort to narrow down the wealth divide between Jakarta and local administrations or between Java and other Islands. But look at how Riau province spend their new wealths.
They bought SUVs for all members of the local house of representatives (DPRD) with total spending of US$1 million. On top of that, just recently, the governor bought six luxury cars to be given to six high-ranking officers (military, police, prosecutor, and judge) in the province with total spending of US$220,000.
These local officers even drive a better car than high-ranking officers in Central Government. Wow!


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4 Comments:

Blogger friskodude said...

Can this really be true? If so, it's an outlandish example of continual corruption in Indonesia despite the best efforts of Susilo.

Please add links to your posts so we all can go back and look at the original sources, and therefore make up our own minds. Thanks for your blog, your work, and your investigations which I find most informative and interesting.

November 15, 2005 1:08 PM  
Blogger yosef ardi said...

It is true. The story appeared in Detik.com but in Indonesian language.

November 15, 2005 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yang pasti duit kebanyakan banyak malingnya..
coba liat pak bagir.. gimana gak mau di tawarin 6 mily booo!
hukum indonesia berlaku hanya bila pihak luar negeri tersangkut paut, alias ini negara gak merdeka! (kenyataannya)
merdeka? ato mau nyanyi kayak si roy marten di pelm2 MERDEKA! buat koruptor, merdeka...

November 15, 2005 11:39 PM  
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November 17, 2005 3:12 PM  

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