Jakarta City Council reports Ahok to KPK over irregularities in hospital land purchase

Members of the Jakarta City Council (DPRD), which included Vice Chairman Abraham “Haji Lulung” Lunggana, today reported Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over irregularities in the provincial government’s purchase of land owned by the Sumber Waras Hospital in Grogol, West Jakarta in 2014.

Curiously, the DPRD are going forward with reporting Ahok to the KPK without having solid proof from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) that implicates Ahok and the provincial government in a corruption scheme.

“Yes, this is a report so that justice can be served while we wait for the BPK’s audit report,” Haji Lulung said at the KPK today, as quoted by Metro TV. 

Ahok today admitted that he found the DPRD to be amusing after going to the KPK to report him.

“Do the DPRD lack schooling or something? The BPK hasn’t even completed their investigation but [DPRD] is reporting [me to the KPK]. What is there to report? This means the DPRD is better than the BPK, as the BPK needs an additional 20 days to investigate the case,” Ahok said today, as quoted by Metro TV. 

Previously, the BPK were investigating alleged irregularities with the provincial government’s purchase of 36 hectares of land next to the Sumber Waras Hospital in order to build a cancer hospital. The BPK initially had 60 days to prove the irregularities in the land purchase, but recently requested an additional 20 days after not having sufficient evidence to implicate the provincial government for corruption.

The Jakarta provincial government bought the land for Rp 775 billion (Rp 20 million per square meter) in 2014. The BPK suspected the land price was marked up because the land was valued at Rp 12 million in 2013, which meant that the provincial government could’ve bought the land for around Rp 565 billion.

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