Jakarta. New research by a prominent watchdog reveals an alarming trend in the fight against graft, showing that well over half of corruption suspects tried in court in the first half of the year were acquitted. Released on Sunday, Indonesia Corruption Watch data showed that 54.8 percent of defendants facing charges of corruption in regular courts — including district or municipal courts, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court — ended up walking free. Of those who were convicted, 8 out of 10 received sentences under five years.

“This is an indication of how our courts do not show seriousness in punishing corruptors — 54 percent is a huge number,” said Donal Fariz, an ICW law researcher and head of the watchdog’s court monitoring division. The first six months of the year saw 166 graft defendants tried in 103 cases in various courts, with district courts handling 82 cases, he said. Bureaucrats topped the list of defendants, followed by lawmakers and counselors, local government officials, teachers, lecturers and a former minister.

Cases largely involved school and local government spending. “We need to watch our appellate courts, because their trend is pretty different from our antigraft court’s,” Donal said, adding that in 17 cases handled by the Anti-Corruption Court over the same period, no defendants were acquitted. Alongside the 54 percent of defendants acquitted, the data shows that 22.9 percent of defendants were jailed for up to two years, and 18 percent for two to five years. The average sentence was 12 to 13 months. Read more

Jakarta. A heavily criticized and costly new office building planned for Indonesian lawmakers promises to have every available comfort, including a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities, the lead architect said on Tuesday. Budi Sukada, who heads the team overseeing the design, told the Jakarta Globe that the facilities were in accordance with city bylaws that “a building occupied by more than 500 people must provide public facilities and social facilities.”

However, he stressed that unlike similar facilities in five-star hotels, designers were aiming at the functionality of the pool and the spa “for health” reasons. “We know the lawmakers sit in meetings for hours, so they need facilities to get their blood flowing,” Budi said. The architect denied rumors that the lawmakers’ spacious, 120-square-meter offices would include bedrooms.

They would, however, have en-suite bathrooms and meeting room lounges for guests, as well as work space for staff members and experts, he said. But House Speaker Marzuki Alie, from the ruling Democratic Party, said the builders were “talking rubbish,” as they had never reported the planned amenities to him. Marzuki said he would summon them to ask for a clarification, and promised the building would have no such facilities. “The design still can be changed.” Read more

Jakarta. The House of Representatives on Monday celebrated its 65th anniversary with a muted response to mounting public criticisms of its recent performance. House Speaker Marzuki Alie, addressing a plenary session called to mark the occasion, only touched on the issues affecting the legislature during his speech.

“The House completely understands the people’s criticisms of its legislative functions, seeing the small numbers of bills we have deliberated,” he told a nearly half-empty chamber. “Therefore, various efforts have been undertaken to confront this challenge and look for breakthroughs.”
Since starting its tenure in October, the House has only managed to pass seven bills, already forcing it to halve its initial target of completing 70 bills this year. Marzuki, who is from the ruling Democratic Party, asked the public to understand that the House also had to deliberate with the government over bills, and the process was invariably a long one.

“The people need to be informed of this so there will be no more talk about the legislature not being serious enough when deliberating bills,” he said. House Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung, from the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), conceded the work of the current legislature left much to be desired. Read more

Susunan Menteri Kabinet Indonesia Bersatu Jilid II:

1. Menko Politik, Hukum, dan Keamanan: Marsekal TNI Purn Djoko Suyanto

2. Menko Perekonomian: Hatta Rajasa

3. Menko Kesra: Agung Laksono

4. Menteri Sekretaris Negara: Sudi Silalahi

5. Menteri Dalam Negeri: Gamawan Fauzi

6. Menteri Luar Negeri: Marty Natalegawa

7. Menteri Pertahanan: Purnomo Yusgiantoro

8. Menteri Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia: Patrialis Akbar

9. Menteri Keuangan: Sri Mulyani

10. Menteri Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral: Darwin Zahedy Saleh

11. Menteri Perindustrian: MS Hidayat

12. Menteri Perdagangan: Mari Elka Pangestu

13. Menteri Pertanian: Suswono

14. Menteri Negara Urusan Koperasi dan UKM: Syarif Hasan

15. Menteri Perhubungan: Freddy Numberi

16. Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan: Fadel Muhammad

17. Menteri Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi: Muhaimin Iskandar

18. Menteri Pekerjaan Umum: Djoko Kirmanto

19. Menteri Kesehatan: Nila Afansa Moeloek

20. Menteri Pendidikan Nasional: M Nuh

21. Menteri Agama: Suryadharma Ali

22. Menteri Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata: Jero Wacik

23. Menneg Riset dan Teknologi: Suharna Surapranata

24. Menteri Sosial: Salim Assegaf Al’jufrie

25. Menneg Lingkungan Hidup: Gusti Moh Hatta

26. Menteri Kehutanan: Zulkifli Hasan

27. Menneg Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak: Linda Agum Gumelar

28. Menneg Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara: E.E. Mangindaan

29. Menneg Percepatan Pembangunan Daerah Tertinggal: Helmy Faisal Zaini

30. Menneg PPN/Kepala Bappenas: Armida Alisjahbana

31. Menneg BUMN: Mustafa Abubakar

32. Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika: Tifatul Sembiring

33. Menneg Perumahan Rakyat: Suharso Manoarfa

34. Menneg Pemuda dan Olahraga: Andi Mallarangeng

 

Pejabat Setingkat Menteri

Kepala BIN: Jenderal Pol Purn Sutanto

Kepala BKPM: Gita Wirjawan

JAKARTA. Ketua Mahkamah Agung, Harifin Tumpa meminta KAI dan Peradi menempuh jalur hukum untuk menyelesaikan konflik perpecahan organisasi advokat Indonesia yang sudah berlarut-larut. “Biar pengadilan nanti yang memutuskan,” katanya usai memberi orasi ilmiah pada wisuda Universitas Nasional, Rabu (27/5).

Tumpa menegaskan, perpecahan antara KAI dan Peradi merupakan urusan kedua organisasi itu. MA tidak pada posisi mengakui keberadaan kedua organisasi itu. Tumpa pun mengakui, Peradi maupun KAI saling menyatakan diri mereka benar. “MA terus mendorong agar kedua organisasi tersebut bersatu,” ucapnya.

Tumpa menegaskan, MA tidak akan mengambil sumpah advokat baru selama belum ada ada penyelesaian diantara kedua organisasi itu. MA juga telah mengeluarkan surat kepada seluruh Ketua Pengadilan Tinggi di Indonesia terkait hal tersebut.

Konflik antara KAI dengan Peradi bermula dari penolakan sejumlah pengacara dengan keberadaan Peradi, salah satunya pengacara kawakan Adnan Buyung Nasution. Lantas mereka menyelenggarakan kongres pengacara yang menolak keberadaan Peradi. Kongres yang digelar pada 30-31 Mei 2008 itu melahirkan Kongres Advokat Indonesia (KAI).

Sumber : Yohan Rubiyantoro, KONTAN

JAKARTA. Proses pembahasan Rancangan Undang-Undang (RUU) mata uang nampaknya jauh dari harapan rampung. Pasalnya, Pemerintah masih setengah hati membiarkan Bank Indonesia (BI) berwenang sepenuhnya dalam mengelola mata uang.

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono mengatakan pengelolaan mata uang merupakan masalah yang sangat penting dalam perekonomian Indonesia. “Tentu tidak mungkin sepenuhnya diserahkan kepada BI.” ujar Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono di Istana Negara, Rabu (27/5).

Sebab menurut Presiden harus ada mekanisme check and balances antara BI dan Pemerintah dalam mengelola mata uang. “Mengedarkan, menarik, dan mengeluarkan uang tentu harus ada pengawasan yang baik,” ujar Presiden.

Senada dengan Presiden, Menteri Keuangan sekaligus pelaksana tugas Menko Perekonomian, Sri Mulyani Indrawati mengatakan harus ada mekanisme check and balances dalam pengelolaan mata uang mulai dari perencanaan, pencetakan, peredaran, sampai dengan pemusnahan. “BI, Depkeu dan DPR sebetulnya sepakat untuk proses ini perlu ada pengaturan yang memperbaiki akuntabilitas dan transparansi,” jelas Menkeu

Sayangnya, Sri Mulyani enggan memberikan komentar bagaimana sikap Pemerintah terhadap keinginan BI untuk memegang penuh otoritas dalam pengelolaan mata uang. “:Rumusannya bagaimana, nanti akan dibahas dengan Pansus DPR,” katanya.

 

Sumber : Hans Henricus, KONTAN