Former minister named corruption suspect
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Bachtiar Chamsyah, former minister for social affairs (2004-2009), as suspect in a corruption case. Bachtiar is the chairman of advisory board of United Development Party (PPP), a member of SBY-Boediono coalition.
KPK named Bachtiar a suspect for corruption allegation in the procurement of donation materials (cows) at the social affairs ministry. But Bachtiar, who was also cabinet member under Megawati administration, has yet to be detained. Bachtiar is a big supporter of SBY in PPP. He played crucial role in getting the party's support for SBY's candidacy last year when some leaders in the party prefer other candidates.
KPK has actually investigated Bachtiar's case since September 2007. The cows procurement project (beef was for distribution to the poor) was done without proper bidding.