Mon, 24 May 2010

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: International anti-graft watchdog the Transparency International Indonesia has doubted the new Finance Minister pledge to continue inquiries into tax violations by big businesses especially that of Aburizal Bakrie, which brought Sri Mulyani down from her office.

Teten Masduki, Secretary General of the group said on Friday the former minister has been kicked out of the cabinet for her moves against Bakrie & Brothers and now Aburizal has a slightly better position in the game after his appointment as the coordinating chief for the “coalition” parties, by the ruling force to curb down attacks from the oppositions.

Teten said Agus Martowardojo who was just appointed to replace Sri will not repeat Sri Mulyani’s hostile attitude against business giants “Unless he does not worry about losing his position.”

Tax reform is the number priority jobs for the new official ordered by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the inauguration day on Thursday (205) and Agus has avoided making specific response on the issue in his first speech as Finance Minister before his new staff on the following day.