Determined to keep abreast of affairs throughout the country, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon has installed a 'situation room' at the Presidential Palace. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Corruption Trail Revealed in Indonesian Government’s ‘Lost’ $1 Billion

Jakarta Globe, Dion Bisara | October 13, 2010

Jakarta. Despite the central government’s efforts to foster improved governance, the state lost about $1 billion last year due to misspent or misappropriated budget allocations, the Supreme Audit Agency reported on Tuesday.

Hadi Poernomo, chairman of the agency, known as the BPK, told a plenary session of the House of Representatives that it had uncovered losses of Rp 9.55 trillion in the financial reports of ministries, state agencies, local governments and state-owned enterprises during the 2009 fiscal year.

Hadi said the results offered clear indications of widespread corruption, and demonstrated the weak internal supervision of government spending and non-compliance with regulations.

Most of the lost money — Rp 4.98 trillion — was channeled through central government ministries and state agencies, and only Rp 40 billion has been returned.

The BPK had for five consecutive years issued a disclaimer on government financial reports, meaning too much data was unclear or missing.

The 2009 reports, in which the $1 billion in losses was discovered, were the first to have all data considered valid.

In citing examples of malfeasance, Hadi pointed to Public Works Ministry, which he said had overpaid contracted consultants by Rp 4.46 billion.

In addition, the price of a Finance Ministry tax office building in Kotamabagu, North Sulawesi, had been marked up by Rp 2.98 billion.

“We also found a false travel expense document in the Home Affairs Ministry that potentially cost the state Rp 1.57 billion,” he said.

Hadi said budget losses in regional and local governments totaled Rp 3.55 trillion, of which only Rp 38.22 billion had been returned.

Some of the unauthorized spending included Rp 6.92 billion on personnel at the Manado municipal government and a Rp 5.24 billion markup in the procurement of health care equipment for the Banten provincial government.

Arif Nur Alam, coordinator of the Indonesia Budget Center, said the BPK report should be a wake-up call for the government to take stronger measures in budget planning and spending.

“President Yudhoyono should use this report to evaluate the ministries, make sure that they use the budget for people’s welfare,” he said.

Arif pointed to the Home Affairs Ministry’s travel budget as a common example of graft.

“The report only strengthens people’s perception that official travel, whatever they tag it, does not serve the needs of the people at all. Their travel is only for their own interests,” he said.

Harry Azhar Azis, deputy chairman of House Commission XI, which oversees financial affairs, said the government should follow up on the BPK report and try to recover as much of the lost money as possible.

“The BPK in the future should not only report the losses, but how much can be recovered as well.”

Harry noted that while some of the losses were certainly due to corruption, others might be a result of simple incompetence.

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