Thu, 01 Apr 2010

Tulungagung (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope bureaucratic reform and law enforcement will continue despite the discovery of a tax scandal involving a government employee.

The president expressed his hope following the case of Gayus Tambunan, an employee of the directorate general of taxes who is wanted by police for allegedly having embezzled Rp25 billion in tax-related money.

"In principle, the process of bureaucratic reform and law enforcement should continue in all areas," presidential spokesman Julian Pasha quoted the president as saying when visiting a goat breeding centre in Tulungagung, East Java, on Wednesday.

Julian said the case of wanted tax official,Gayus Tambunan, was being handled by the taxes and excise directorate general as part of bureaucratic reform efforts at the finance ministry.

He said the government had formed a steering committee, led by Vice President Boediono, for integrated bureaucratic reform efforts.

According to Julian, President Yudhoyono after completing his East Java tour would receive a direct report from the vice president and finance minister on the bureaucratic reform concerning the arrest in Singapore of Gayus Tambunan who is suspected to have committed corruption and money laundering.

But the president had yet to make a direct statement about the Gayus Tambunan case.

Tambunan was arrested at the Mandarin Hotel-Meritus on Orchard Road in Singapore on Tuesday evening and would be flown to Jakarta later on Wednesday.