Indonesian governor finds irregularities in budget draft

Indonesian governor finds irregularities in budget draft

JAKARTA - Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama revealed that he found many irregularities in the draft 2015 budget, the deliberation of which he personally monitored.

Ahok said that while going over the budget draft, he found Rp 8.8 trillion (US$698.7 million) that was to be allocated for "socializing governor's decree".

"I was confused. There were thousands of such allocations. What is that much funding even for? So I crossed out that budget allocation manually with my pen and highlighter and wrote 'you wish!'" Ahok told reporters at City Hall in Central Jakarta recently.

He said that he was suspicious that a number of city councilors were behind the irregularities, although he refused to name names.

Ahok said that he would continue to closely monitor the budget draft along with regional secretary Saefullah, Jakarta Financial Management Board head Heru Budi Hartono and Jakarta Development Planning Board head Tuty Kusumawati, before it is approved.

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