News / Asia

Indonesian Minister Resigns Amid Corruption Charges

Indonesian Sports and Youth Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng is mobbed by the press after announcing his resignation in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 7, 2012.
Indonesian Sports and Youth Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng is mobbed by the press after announcing his resignation in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 7, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +
Kate Lamb
— Seeing the wealthy and influential squirm in court is now a weekly front-page affair for Indonesians. But Friday marks the first time an active cabinet minister has been named a suspect by the country’s anti-graft body, or KPK.
 
Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng will face charges of graft for his role in a multimillion dollar sports project.
 
Mallarangeng oversaw the construction of the sports facility in West Java, which is believed to have cost the state $25 million in losses. A government audit identified numerous irregularities and violations.
 
On Friday, he announced his resignation from the Cabinet, and the board of the Democrat Party. Mallarangeng, who is also under a travel ban, said he could not work effectively as a minister while facing the legal proceedings. Maintaining his innocence, the minister said he hopes that justice will prevail.
 
Facing repeated attacks to its authority from the national police, and occasionally the parliament, the case is a win for the KPK.
 
But former KPK deputy head Erry Hardjapamekas said the case against the minister is not a sign the anti-graft body is more emboldened. More importantly, he said, the case could point to a changing culture of accountability - one where politicians act honorably in shameful circumstances.
 
“Usually they [politicians] are always denying, 'I am not a corrupter, I am only doing my job,' all the excuses. But in this case Andi stands up and says, 'OK, I am a suspect and I will resign from my position and I will focus on the legal process.' I think this could be a good new habit or culture," Hardjapamekas said.
 
In the lead up to the 2014 election, the integrity of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democrat Party has been hard hit. Mallarangeng is the third party member to face a court in connection with the sports facility project.
 
Former party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin is serving a four-year jail term for his involvement. His deputy, Angelina Sondakh, is currently in court.
Mallarangeng could face 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
 
Transparency International says Indonesia is in the bottom third of its Corruption Index, among the most corrupt nations.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid