Sun, 28 May 2000

Guess What: Ciputra

Property tycoon Ciputra said he had enough with KKN, an Indonesian acronym for corruption, collusion and nepotism, condemning it as the cause of the country's economic and political calamities.

So fed up is he with KKN that he vowed before ministers, foreign investors and journalists to stay away from it for the rest of his life.

"I promise that I will never again deal with KKN," he told a seminar on trade and investment early this week.

Ciputra -- whose business group is known to have had close cooperation with the Jakarta administration in building and managing properties, including the Ancol Dreamland -- also called on the government to stop the practice of KKN.

He asked Minister of Trade and Industry Luhut Panjaitan, who attended the seminar, to follow his step in knocking off KKN practices.

"If Pak Luhut can stay clean, I am certain that the entire ministry will also be clean. But, if Pak Luhut participates in KKN, his officials will definitely do the same," he said. (cst)