A group of students calling themselves the Committee of Student Action for Reforms and Democracy, or Kamerad, reported Jakarta governor candidate Anies Baswedan to the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, on Monday (30/01) for alleged graft.
The students accused Anies of receiving a Rp 5 billion ($375,000) bribe for the Vsat project – a satellite-based long distance call network – at the Ministry of Communications and Informatics in 2012.
As proof, Kamerad submitted a money transfer slip for Abdillah Rasyid Baswedan, Anies’ younger brother. They alleged that though the money was transferred to Abdillah’s account, it was actually intended for the governor candidate.
“A businessman by the initials YS sent the money to Anies’ brother, Abdillah. According to our sources, the money was actually meant for Anies,” Kamerad coordinator Alwi said at the KPK office in Jakarta.
Kamerad alleged YS had given the money to Anies so he would help one of Indonesia’s major telecommunication companies win the bid for the project.
State-owned company Telkomsel has been running the project since then.
“YS is known as party officials’ ‘right hand man’ in government ministries to help them win contracts,” Alwi added.
“Anies may look calm and collected all the time – but he can also be corrupt. We want Jakarta’s leader to be clean from corruption. The capital’s regional budget is huge,” he said.