Anti-graft KPK to Oversee National Strategic Megaprojects

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Tuesday said that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will be involved in monitoring the construction of national strategic megaprojects. He believes the role held by the anti-graft watchdog is needed to prevent losses of state funds in the projects worth billions. 

    “KPK will be involved in all of the projects, which include the Bangka Belitung export governance as the last one showed differences in what was obtained and reported. The Customs are processing it,” said Luhut Pandjaitan at the launch of the corruption prevention act 2021-2022 in Jakarta on April 13. 

    He also referred to the Jakarta-Bandung fast train project that is currently handled by the consortium PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia - China (KCIC). Luhut said KPK's involvement in the project could save a significant amount of its spendings. 

    The anti-graft agency will also be involved in preventing corruption in single window projects at export-import port such as the one developed in Batam. This type of port aims to simplify deliveries of goods in order to suppress the logistic costs in Indonesia up to 5-10 percent. 

    “This KPK is super magical. If the KPK can play its role accordingly, there would be many preventions and [it can] reduce the number of corruption. But it won’t be wise to only conduct raids without prevention,” Luhut Pandjaitan criticized. 

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