TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Once it has bagged sufficient evidence, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) should waste no time in naming Golkar as suspect in the Riau-1 power plant graft case. This will be a precedent as the first ever criminal case against a political party in the history of the anti-corruption movement in this country.
Evidence against the banyan party continues to mount as the candid testimony of Eni Maulani Saragih, the Golkar politician who is also the deputy chair of the House of Representatives’ (DPR) energy commission, shed more light on the party’s role in the fraudulent power project.
Eni was arrested in mid-July for taking Rp500 million from businessman Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo. During the interrogation by the KPK, Eni sang like a bird and disclosed the involvement of Golkar Party chief Airlangga Hartarto, the chairman of the Golkar faction at the DPR, Melchias Marcus Mekeng and former Golkar boss Setya Novanto. She claimed that the money she received was part of the commitment fee from the project to her party.