Friday, 10 August, 2012 | 10:17 WIB
License Plates and Cooperatives
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The National Police Cooperative is squeezed in among large buildings in the office of the Traffic Division Corps of the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta. This cooperative occupies a two-story building, the ground floor of which is used for the MM-Prima mini-market. The Cooperative Office is certainly less impressive compared to the four-story building of the National Traffic Management Center next to it.
The Prima market sells snacks and police uniforms. There is also a laundry service. Before the motorcycle and automobile driving simulator project began at the end of last year, the mini-market and savings and loans constituted the cooperative’s main business. “This is the office and center of its activity,” said Djumati, one officer there last week.
No significant activity takes place on the second floor. Some police officers and minimarket workers passing by said that the Cooperative also has a building in Duren Tiga. Head of the Cooperative, Senior Adjunct Commissioner Teddy Rusmawan, and Assistant Head of the Traffic Division, Brigadier General Didik Purnomo often use that place as their office. However, after visiting the address, there was no building or cooperative office there.
Another asset belonging to the Cooperative is known to be far away from the office of the Corps. In Cikiwul Village, Bantargebang, Bekasi, there is a building which measures about a 1,000 square meters. Painted all white, the building can be identified by a sign on the wall: “Primary Cooperative of the Traffic Directorate of the Indonesian Police”.
According to residents of Cikiwul and officers on guard there, this building opened about six months ago, along with the establishment of the simulator factory belonging to Citra Mandiri Teknologi. Owned by Budi Susanto, the factory was ordered by its parent company, Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, to manufacture 700 simulators valued at Rp198.6 billion.
Initially, in 2009, Citra Teknologi owned a factory making police-issue license plates for motorcycles and automobiles. After this company received the huge simulator project, the license plate work was diverted to the Cooperative, which already had a factory. The Cooperative’s factory and Citra are located close to one another, just two kilometers apart, in the same village.
There is a rather large amount of revenue from manufacturing license plates. If we take a look at the data from the Automotive Industry Association, each year people in Jakarta purchase a million motorcycles and 300,000 new cars. Let us assume that the cost of manufacturing one license plate is Rp25,000 on average. This cooperative handles the production of license plates for all of Indonesia. “Cooperation with the police began in 2003,” said Budi.
The Traffic Division became public attention when it was discovered that the simulator project was rife with corruption. Teddy Rusmawan was none other than the one who headed the procurement of the simulators. He provided the cooperative’s bank account to hold two deposits from Budi amounting to Rp15 billion. Budi said that the money was to pay a debt to the Cooperative regarding some license plates. Bagja Hidayat, Kartika Candra, Subkhan, Febriana Firdaus