Sat, 11 Sep 1999

Fund for grand mosque swindled

TANGERANG (JP): The development project committee of Tangerang Grand Mosque, construction works of which have been temporarily postponed due to a fund shortage, suspect that about Rp 237.5 million of funds for the mosque have been swindled by an administration official.

"One of our donors, PT Grand Graha Gemilang developer, recently said that they had transferred the money to the committee. But such an amount is not found in the committee's account," committee chairman Muharam said on Thursday.

In their investigation, the committee found a receipt from Grand Graha Gemilang signed by an official at the Tangerang administration office.

"This is strange because such an amount of money is never recorded in the committee's account," Muharam said.

Details on the money transfer from Graha Gemilang to the alleged official on the receipt are not available.

The mosque is now entering its third development phase, which is projected to cost a total of Rp 3 billion. The committee said it would actively seek donors and immediately resolve the swindle case. (41/edt)