Politics, Law and Security

Another House Speaker Indicted

The national anti-graft agency has named House of Representatives deputy speaker Taufik Kurniawan a suspect in a bribery case involving a scheme to secure the transfer of funds from the state budget to a district government in Central Java.
Taufik is the second House speaker to be implicated in corruption in the past 12 months, further cementing the national legislature’s reputation as Indonesia’s most corrupt state institution. The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician allegedly received Rp 3.65 billion ($240,000) in kickbacks from Kebumen district head Yahya Fuad for helping the latter secure a Rp 73 billion regional transfer from the 2016 state budget, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairwoman Basaria Panjaitan said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.  “The bribe was allegedly part of a 5 percent cut, out of the total budget allocated to Kebumen district,” Basaria said. Kebumen is part of Taufik’s constituency, which twice elected him to the national legislature – in 2009 and 2014.The annual state budget allocates about a third of its spending for direct transfers to provinces and districts to spend on infrastructure or other development projects.