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WITNESS SUPRIYONO CLAIMS “FEES” FROM KONI TO MINISTRY NORMAL PRACTICE

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Supriyono claimed that it was common practice in Kemenpora to borrow from other funding sources to meet the ministry's requirements.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Treasurer to Assistant of the Youth and Sports Ministry (Kemenpora) for National Sports Achievement Improvement for 2017-2018 Supriyono claimed it was common for the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) to give a “fee” to the ministry.

“Generally, KONI prepares a ‘commitment fee’ for proposals that are already liquid. As far as I know, officials, who were directly related to the proposal for grant funds submitted by KONI, included PPK (Commitment Making Officials), KPA (Budget User Proxies), verification team, and treasurer,” Supriyono remarked at a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) on Monday (13/5/2019).

Supriyono testified for Deputy IV in the field of Sports Achievement Improvement of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mulyana, charged with receiving bribe in the form of a Fortuner worth Rp480 million, cash totaling Rp400 million, and a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 totaling some Rp900 million from the Indonesian National Sports Committee Secretary General (KONI) Ending Fuad Hamidy and General Treasurer (Bendum) KONI Johny E. Awuy.

“I have spoken to Mr. Ending. It has been like that since I entered the Deputy for Sports in 2017, before I was in Youth for the 2008-2017 period,” Supriyono added.

Supriyono, who had agreed to giving bribes, said that it was done in agreement with KONI Secretary General Ending Fuad Hamidy.

“The ‘fee’ I gave was to Pak Ulum to please the minister,” Supriyono revealed.

Supriyono also claimed to have received the “fee” allotment.

“I have been given the Idul Ftri holiday bonuses (THR) 2018 of Rp50 million, I have also received Rp250 million money to purchase a Fortuner,” Supriyono added.

Speaking in connection with handing over the money, Supriyono elaborated that Ending had contacted him since the assistance to KONI had not come, so Supriyono also suggested that Ending hold a direct conversation with Mulyana, as Deputy IV of the ministry, or speak to Miftahul Ulum to deliver to the minister.

“I do not know why it is not liquid, but Mr. Mulyana had once said that the assistance to KONI in 2018 was perhaps not disbursed. I thereafter suggested that I try to directly contact Pak Ulum, so that it was immediately disbursed to the minister. I assumed that the minister had immediately ordered that Mr. Mul to not be refused,” Supriyono noted.

Supriyono claimed that it was common practice in Kemenpora to borrow from other funding sources to meet the ministry’s requirements.

“In July 2017, the bill has accumulated until the September 2017 activities. All bills used at the Ministry of Youth and Sports have yet to be paid, as we use several new loans after paying the liquid money. In early 2018, we had conducted activities, but until April, no disbursement was done, so I approached KONI to borrow Rp1 billion,” Supriyono added.

Supriyono, among others, used the Rp1 billion to purchase a Fortuner car for Deputy IV of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mulyana, who had asked to buy a new car.

“Many open and close. Lots of loans since the operational budget does not yet exist. There is also still a debt for the 2017 Sea Games activities in Malaysia,” Supriyono noted.

Granting bribes to Mulyana was intended to disburse two grants, specifically the first task grant proposal to conduct the supervision and assistance tasks of the National Sports achievement improvement program at the 18th Asian Games and the 3rd Asian Para Games in 2018, worth Rp30 billion, and both supervisory proposals and assistance with selection of prospective athletes and coaches for outstanding athletes in 2018, with disbursements worth Rp17.971 billion. (jtr)

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VICE PRESIDENT KALLA ATTENDS CONTITUTION DAY COMMEMORATION

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Vice President M Jusuf Kalla attended a function to observe Constitution Day organized by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the Parliament Building.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Vice President M Jusuf Kalla attended a function to observe Constitution Day organized by the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the Parliament Building, here, on Sunday (18/8/2019).

MPR Chairman Zulkifli Hasan in his remarks said that the country’s constitution would continue to develop in accordance with challenges facing the national and state life.

Therefore, the understanding of the existing constitution must be in line with the changes, he said.

“The Constitution is a law that rules this country, not a law on how the state rules. The state’s power must be restricted so the state administration is not arbitrary,” Hasan said.

Constitution Day is observed on August 18 annually to commemorate the birth of Indonesia’s 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945).

As part of the commemoration, MPR also organized a national seminar themed “Evaluation of the Implementation of the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.” (frn)

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BNN ARRESTS FOUR PEOPLE FOR POSSESSION OF HASHISH

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BNN Deputy Chief for Eradication, Arman Depari.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested four people for possessing hundreds of kilograms of hashish at 03.09 p.m. local time in Jakarta on Thursday (8/8/2019), BNN Deputy Chief for Eradication, Arman Depari, said.

The hashish was brought from Aceh to Jakarta using a truck carrying vegetables, gas cylinders, mechanical tools and a compressor, he said.

The BNN official said the hashish was hidden in an iron box aboard the truck.

After unloading vegetables at the Kramatjati wholesale market in East Jakarta, the truck was headed to Kalimalang to unload the mechanical tools and gas cylinders, he said.

“They were supposed to move the items to their rented house,” he said

BNN has, so far, found some 80 kilograms of hashish from four gas cylinders it opened with the help of officers from the fire department, he said.

He believed that hundreds of kilograms of hashish are still hidden in the other gas cylinders, which have not yet been opened.

Based on the results of an investigation conducted, a person who is now at the Cirebon correctional facility in West Java controlled the hashish syndicate, Depari said.

“The hashish was supposed to be circulated in Jakarta and West Java,” he said. (jss)

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MEGAWATI ORDERS HER CADRES TO RESPECT PRABOWO AT

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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Bali – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, has ordered her cadres to respect the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party’s General Chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who would attend the opening ceremony of the PDIP’s congress.

When he attends the opening ceremony, which kicks off on Thursday, the party’s cadres should show respect and sympathy by applauding him, Chairman of the PDIP congress’ organizing committee, I Wayan Koster, said here on Wednesday evening.

Koster said the PDIP cadres were not allowed to disrespect any of the invited guests, including Prabowo Subianto, former contender of incumbent President, Joko Widodo, PDIP’s cadre, at the 2019 Presidential Elections.

On July 24, 2019, Prabowo Subianto had met Megawati Soekarnoputri at her Central Jakarta residence following his July 13 reconciliatory meeting with President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Accompanied by Gerindra’s Deputy General Chairman, Edy Prabowo, and Secretary General, Ahmad Muzani, Prabowo was extended a warm welcome by Megawati’s son, Mohamad Prananda Prabowo, after arriving and getting out of his car at around 12:30 p.m. local time.

Subianto and Megawati, whose party is the main supporter of incumbent President and President-elect Jokowi, appeared happy during their meeting as was apparent in a photograph circulated by the PDIP to journalists.

Megawati enjoyed a round-table lunch along with her guests, her daughter Puan Maharani, her son Prananda Prabowo, and Cabinet Secretary, Pranomo Anung.

Megawati and Subianto have known each other for quite a long time. Moreover, they had contested as the presidential and vice presidential pair during the 2009 Presidential Elections. During that time, their popular slogan was “MegaPro” in their endeavor to challenge the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Boediono pair.

Subianto’s meeting with Megawati took place six days after he met with Gerindra’s advisory council members on July 19 for talks on the future steps following his reconciliatory meeting with Jokowi on July 13.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair as Indonesia’s president-elect and vice president-elect following the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s (MK’s) ruling on the presidential election result dispute on June 27, 2019.

According to the KPU’s final tally, the Jokowi-Amin pair secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as against the contenders Subianto-Sandi’s 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent. (ran)

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