Ombudsman Questions Finance Ministry's Monitoring of Asabri

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Ombudsman member, Alamsyah Saragih, strongly criticized the Finance Ministry’s incompetence upon supervising the state-insurer and pension fund manager, Asabri. He asserted that the ministry has a representative within the state-insurer as an external supervisor. 

    “Why can’t they conduct their role as a supervisor? There’s no excuse,” Alamsyah firmly said at the Ombudsman headquarters on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

    The state-insurer and pension fund manager for military, police, and defense ministry personnel took the national spotlight after it is suspected of committing corruption of over Rp10 trillion. This allegation was mentioned by the Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD. 

    Government’s Regulation No.102/2015 oversees two supervisors; internal and external. Asabri's external supervisors consist of four elements; first from the Defense Ministry, Police general supervision inspectorate, the military (TNI); second comes from the Finance Ministry; third is the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), and fourth is an independent auditor. 

    Tempo confirmed this issue with the Finance Ministry’s inspectorate general, Sumiyati, who admitted there is a lack of regulation in external source’s supervising on Asabri. Ombudsman announced it will summon state agencies related to this matter for further clarification.

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