President bemoans low 2011 spending

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono publicly expressed dissatisfaction on Tuesday over low spending by both the central government and regional administrations this year.

Speaking after the handing over of the approved 2012 Budget Allocation List (DIPA) to government officials at the State Palace in Jakarta, the President said ministerial and regional expenditures had only reached an average of 71 per cent of the total budget as of the end of November.

"The figure perhaps will increase in December, but for me this is displeasing. Budget spending only stood at 71 per cent one month before the end of the 2011 fiscal year," he said as quoted by

"National and regional budget spending has to be optimum. It should not fall short of the target because it would mean [those who fail to meet the target] do not pay respect to others [who meet the target]," he said.