“Pay for it (rent a helicopter). That’s what he said”
Jakarta, IDN Times – Deputy Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Alexander Marwata seemed not to worry too much about any public opinion regarding his colleague who was on a helicopter ride. Based on information he obtained from the Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Komjen (Pol) Firli Bahuri, the former South Sumatra Police Chief was riding a luxury helicopter by paying his own rent. So, not accepting gratification.
“Regardless of whatever the public opinion, but in terms of time efficiency. That’s what he considered because (he took) leave for only one day,” Alex said in Jakarta and was quoted by the news agency Among on Friday (6/26).
His colleague Firli had a message to convey his statement to the public.
“Just conveyed, yesterday that concerned was on leave to Baturaja. Reportedly it was a helicopter ride and it was indeed paid,” he said again.
Firli is known to visit Baturaja, South Sumatra to visit the graves of his parents. However, the visit was in the spotlight because he boarded a luxury helicopter rented by PT Air Pacific Utama, a subsidiary of Lippo Group.
Firli’s visit using the helicopter was then reported by the Indonesian Anti-Corruption Society (MAKI) organization to the KPK Supervisory Board. Then, what is the progress of the MAKI report to them?
1. Dewas KPK has asked Firli for information regarding the use of helicopters
Meanwhile, KPK Dewas member, Sjamsuddin Haris, said that his party had summoned Firli on (26/6). However, it is not yet known whether the MAKI report was proven.
“It has been clarified and questioned by Dewas on Thursday (6/26) yesterday,” said Haris.
The next process is all the evidence and information from Firli will be studied.
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2. Firli did not want to respond to MAKI’s complaint to the KPK Dewas
Meanwhile, when asked for his response regarding complaints to the KPK Dewas, Firli chose not to respond. He claimed to focus on working to eradicate corruption.
“I just work and work,” he said today.
He said he was also complained when meeting with the Coordinating Minister of Politics and Security, Mahfud MD. However, he did not specify in more detail.
3. Rates for hiring helimousin reach US $ 1,400 per hour
According to MAKI’s findings, the helicopter used by Firli is classified as helimousine and luxurious service. In fact, it was once used by the famous motivator Tung Desem Waringin.
MAKI also attached a photo of Tung Desem Waringin who had been on the same type of helicopter with PK-JTO registration number. When checked, the helicopter that Tung had boarded was owned by PT Air Pacific Utama, a unit of the Lippo Group company.
The news that was written in English daily The Guardian, Also said that PT Air Pacific Utama had indeed prepared three special helicopters for the Lippo Group leader. The hourly rental fee is no joke, which is around US $ 1,400 – US $ 1,500. Meanwhile, flight fares from the Central Jakarta area to the helipad runway which ranges from seven minutes to reach US $ 300 or equivalent to Rp. 4.2 million.
According to the MAKI Coordinator, Boyamin Saiman, the distance from Palembang to Baturaja, OKU, is around four hours and can be reached by car by land. So, he claimed to be confused why he had to rent a helicopter from a private company.
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