5 Regional Heads Supporting Jokowi Involved in Graft Case

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) suspected Cianjur Regent Irvan Rivano Muchtar and several parties cut off some Special Allocation Funds (DAK) for the education sector in the region for personal interest. The politician from Nasdem party supported the incumbent candidate Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin in the 2019 election.

    Irvan is not the first regional head named suspects by the anti-graft body. Here is the list of Jokowi supporters from regional administration that involved in corruption cases.

    1. Malang Regent Rendra Kresna

    Rendra was named suspect on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, after KPK raided his office a day before the arrest. The regent was suspected receive gratification or gift from project contractor. KPK handled the case since the past year.

    Nasdem Party sec-gen Johny G Plate said Rendra resigned from his position as the head of the Nasdem regional executive board of East Java an hour after the raid occurred.

    2. Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasannah Yasin

    KPK arrested Neneng as the suspect related to the permit of Meikarta project. Neneng and four officials of the Bekasi agency were suspected to receive commitment fee worth Rp13 billion for the permit issuance.

    Neneng became nonactive cadre from Golkar party and fired from the campaign team of Jokowi-Ma’ruf.

    3. Pakpak Bharat Regent Remigo Yolanda Berutu

    Remigo Yolanda Berutu was a graft suspect for receiving Rp550 million related to infrastructure projects since November 18. KPK presumed the fund was used for Remigo’s personal interest.

    According to a spokesman of National Campaign Agency of Prabowo-Sandiaga, Andre Rosiade, Remigo was a cadre of Democrat Party before changing his political support to Jokowi. Democrat Central Board reportedly had dismissed Remigo from the party.

    4. Pasuruan Mayor Setiyono

    On October 5, KPK named Pasuruan Mayor Setiyono as a suspect of graft case in the development project of the Integrated Business Center of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises Cooperation (PLUT-KUMKM) of Pasuruan City, East Java. The Golkar politician was suspected to receive Rp135 million from the project developer.

    5. Cianjur Regent Irvan Rivano Mochtar

    KPK named suspect Irvan Rivano Muchtar and several parties in the corruption case of Special Allocation Funds (DAK). The suspects allegedly demanded, received, and reduced the DAK payment for education in Cianjur in 2018.

    Chairperson of Nasdem central executive board Irma Suryani Chaniago said regional heads who caught redhanded by KPK would directly submit a resignation letter to the party, “because it is the policy of Garda Pemuda Nasdem.”

    FIKRI ARIGI