Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (left) is seen giving a presentation in the Golkar Party National Workshop on Female Lawmakers, Jakarta, Sunday (27/8). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, has announced that the government will raise the support fund for political parties by tenfold from Rp108 per vote to Rp1,000 per vote.
"The Minister of Finance has sent a letter to to the Minister of Internal Affairs the amount agreed is Rp1,000 per vote," she said, in the Golkarp Party National Workshop on Female Lawmakers, Jakarta, Sunday (27/8). With the raise, the government must revise Government Regulation No.5/2009 on Financial Aid for Politial Parties.
The raise came as a surprise for political parties, who were skeptical that their proposed amount would be accepted, bearing in mind the limited fund that the government has at present.
House of Representatives Commission II member, from the United Development Party (PPP) Achmad Baidowi said the raise is a must to strengthen the national democracy.
"We need to strengthen a number of sectors, for instance, human resources to generate future leaders and provide political education to the public," he said.
He further stated that Rp1,000 is a moderate figure when we look at the allocated fund or the State Budget.
However, he also realizes that the policy would bolster the government’s spending for political parties, from Rp13.5 billion in 2014 to an estimated Rp111 billion.
Meanwhile, Sri Mulyani explained that the objective of the raise is to reduce corruption committed by politicians. She pointed out to the fact that, from 487 people arrested over corruption, 151 were politicians.
Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticizes the policy saying that political parties have been reluctant to report their spending of fund provided by the government.
Only the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party was willing to show its audit report on the fund.
"Transparency is the issue in this case," said Almas Sjafrina, a researcher at ICW, in a discussion, ‘Financial Management of Political Parties, at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)’s headquarters in Jakarta, Thursday (3/8). (dtc)