TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced that she is set to commence an investigation on reports of a phantom village, which is effectively a fictitious village with no residents, that is slated for an Rp1 billion government village fund.
“We heard about this after the Cabinet was fully-formed. We will conduct an investigation,” said the Finance Minister following a meeting with House members at the Senayan Parliamentary Complex on Monday, November 4.
The “phantom village” is believed to be a modus operandi to obtain shares in the government’s village fund allocation. Sri Mulyani argues that such cases have emerged due to a lack of stringent monitoring.
In order to prevent similar cases in the future, the minister will conduct a complete mapping of the villages that have filed for the village fund in conjunction with the Home Affairs Minister.