Mon, 24 Apr 2000

Regent's account unanimously denied

KENDARI, Southeast Sulawesi: All factions in the local legislative council here turned down on Saturday the regent's accountability report due to its incompleteness and lack of transparency.

Spokesman for the Indonesian Military (TNI) faction Rodi Madha said that his faction rejected Regent Razak Porosi's report for 1999/2000 fiscal year because of its failure to clearly identify the source and allocation of the budget.

The faction also asked Razak to clarify the Rp 2 billion corruption case in which he was allegedly involved. Razak is under scrutiny by the provincial prosecutor office for the scandal.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle faction questioned Razak about the uncontrolled allocation of the village development budget.

The regent was given as long as 30 days to repair the report.

The law No. 22/1999 on regional autonomy stipulates that if the council twice rejects the accountability report of a chief executive of local government twice, he or she could be discharged.

In response to the council's rejection, Razak said that he did not provide the details because such information could be obtained from technical departments.

"If everything must be presented in detail, the report would be 1,000 pages," Razak said.(08)