Friday, December 08, 2006

Sukanto Journalism School in Spore, why not here?

Investor Daily reported that Indonesia's richest man Sukanto Tanoto donated S$1 million to journalism school at Nan Yang Tech University in Singapore. The money would be used to finance two Indonesian students per year to learn journalism in Singapore. Quite strange, learning journalism in a country without press freedom? Why not in Indonesia?

Donation is an noble act. You could be seen by some as a noble man, while others may keep calling you a 'thief' because you had walked away from liabilities in the past as what Anwar Nasution, chairman of BPK always labelled on Indonesian conglomerates.
As for Sukanto, through his Tanoto Foundation, he is actively involved in what some newspapers called phylantropy. He's not alone. Eka Tjipta, Aburizal Bakrie, Soeharto have similar foundations. Besides, foundation is the perfect way to pay less tax to the state. Well, I should ask MoF Sri Mulyani about tax payments of Indonesia's richests.
With USD2.3 billion wealth (according to Forbes), donating S$1 million is clearly a peanut. But that amount is big enough to build elementary schools in the country, which from my perspective is the weakest of our educational system.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too right -- first get a journalism school; to create journalists to tell the elites they should be investing in primary education....

December 08, 2006 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More right: first get a journalism school; to create journalists that will write all the good things about him to "undo" all the evil deeds. It also creates whole new workforce opportunity for all the journalists to get funding: make the man look good and cover his tracks. The man is not that dumb, he doesn't give something for nothing.

December 09, 2006 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough to build a whole school foundation,i would say..

December 09, 2006 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I now doubt that he really is worth $2B judging from what he gave.

Take a look at US rich people, they give 30% to all (i.e Warren Buffet, Bill Gates & Mr. Kaufman).

Often you can tell how much a person has changed by looking at what he gives away. Apparently Sukanto is the same old corrupt selfish man who robbed from Indonesian people and gave back crumbs.

A fair statement? I don't know much of Sukanto except for recent bad deeds he has. He lives in S'pore and his headquarter is based there. But I bet most of the money flow in from Indonesia.

December 15, 2006 1:07 AM  

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