Former minister Imam Nahrawi indicted for accepting bribes, graftFriday, 14 Feb 2020
GENERAL NEWS AND HEADLINES
The Jakarta Corruption Court has indicted former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi along with his personal assistant Miftahul Ulum for accepting bribes totaling Rp 11.5 billion from former National Sports Committee (KONI) secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy and former KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy.
According to KPK prosecutors, the bribes were intended to accelerate the distribution process of state funds for several sport events, including the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 Asian Para Games.
Furthermore, the court has also indicted Imam for accepting Rp 8.6 billion in bribes through Miftahul from several individuals, including Ending as well as Youth and Sports Ministry officials Lina Nurhasanah, Edward Taufik Pandjaitam and Supriyono.
Imam and his legal team did not deny the accusations and said they would focus on preparing evidence for the next trial.
House Commission I agrees to repatriate former IS affiliates’ children
House of Representatives Commission I head Meutya Hafid said that she approved of the government’s plan to repatriate children of Indonesian affiliates of the Islamic State (IS) group. However, according to Meutya, the government will first have to verify the children’s health and the extent to which radical teachings had been internalized by the children.
On a separate occasion, House Commission I member Charles Honoris said the government had to involve relevant state institutions such as the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas Anak), the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), the Social Affairs Ministry as well as the National Police to observe the children should they be repatriated.
Previously, the government said it would consider repatriating the children of Indonesian IS affiliates, despite the government’s firm opposition to repatriating adult Indonesian nationals who had joined the terrorist group.
National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan answered the summons of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) today, during which the antigraft body questioned Zulkifli as a witness in a bribery case surrounding palm oil company PT Palma Satu and forest conversion in Riau province. Zulkifli declined to provide details regarding his summons.
The bribery scandal was uncovered back in 2014, when Zulkifli was the forestry minister. Zulkifli reportedly signed a ministerial decree that converted certain non-forest areas into forest areas and vice versa.
The KPK has named several suspects in this case, including then-Riau governor Anna Maamun, to whom Zulkifli submitted his ministerial decree.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS NEWS AND HEADLINES
AAJI urges AGO to unblock Kresna, WanaArtha Life securities accounts
Bisnis Indonesia, (https://tinyurl.com/teo8enu); Kontan, (https://tinyurl.com/vv5mcsd); The Jakarta Post, (https://tinyurl.com/r5897sq, https://tinyurl.com/qw2y2lq)
State-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s ailments seem to have infected other insurers in the country as its investment mismanagement has also had an impact on privately owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha (WanaArtha Life) and PT Kresna Life.
Several local media reported that WanaArtha Life’s and Kresna Life’s securities accounts had been blocked by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) as they were rumored to be relevant to the Jiwasraya case.
Indonesian Life Insurance Association (AAJI) executive director Togar Pasaribu said the AGO’s decision to block insurance companies’ securities accounts not only disrupted their business, but also might result in their financial collapse. Insurance expert Irvan Rahardjo criticized the Financial Services Authority (OJK) for its unsupportive attitude toward the life insurance industry.
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has announced that the audit of state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s and PT Asabri’s financial reports will be complete at the end of February. “The BPK audit investigation is still ongoing. Official results regarding state losses in the Jiwasraya and Asabri cases will be presented by the chairman – Agung Firman Sampurna,” BPK spokeswoman Selvia Vivi Devianti said today.
Malaysia Airlines starts direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kertajati
Malaysia Airlines has launched a direct service to Kertajati Airport in West Java, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The airline will schedule two flights a week. PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) president director Salahudin Rafi said that Malaysia Airlines was the first international airline to operate at Kertajati Airport. The new flight route is expected to boost tourist visits from Malaysia to West Java, particularly to Majalengka, which has abundant tourism potential.
Kredivo targets Rp 4 trillion loans in 2020
Kredivo Indonesia CEO Alie Tan said the company aims to disburse Rp 4 trillion (US$291.92 million) in loans this year. Last year, Kredivo doubled its amount loan disbursements. At the same time, the number of Kredivo’s active users grew by 50 percent. Some 85 percent of Kredivo’s borrowers are millennials with an age range of 18 to 35 years.Download PDF