Jakarta: Three of the five lawmakers whose names recently forwarded to the House of Representatives ethics council were politicians from the Democratic Party, an organization already marred by several graft scandals.
The other two lawmakers were from the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
On Monday, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan disclosed the names of another two lawmakers during a closed-door meeting with the House ethics council leaders.
Usman Jafar, a lawmaker attending the meeting, revealed that the two politicians named are Sumaryoto of PDI-P and Idris Laena of the Golkar Party.
Initially, details of the five lawmakers were released to journalists identified only by their initials: AQ, ATP and LM from the Democratic Party, MIE from PAN and IGARW from PDI-P.
It has transpired that all the lawmakers are in fact from House Commission XI overseeing financial affairs: Achsanul Qosasi, Andi Timo Pangerang and Linda Megawati from the Democratic Party, M. Ichlas El Qudsi of PAN and PDI-P's I Gusti Agung Rai Wirajaya.
M. Prakosa from the House's ethics council refused to comment on the names of those five lawmakers on Friday.
However, lawmaker Achsanul Qosasi stepped up and talked to reporters at the House to clarify his alleged involvement in the "extortion scandal".
"I feel disturbed," he said, adding that the five initials might possibly refer to Commission XI lawmakers who attended a meeting with executives from the PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines three months ago.
According to Achsanul, all the other four initials resemble names of Commission XI fellows Andi, Linda, M. Ichlas and I Gusti, who also attended the meeting.
"If it's true, Pak Dahlan should have forwarded more names because there were at least ten to 15 lawmakers in the meeting," he said.
Achsanul claimed that none of the lawmakers attending the meeting mentioned anything that could lead to demanding kickbacks. The meeting was apparently cancelled because not even half of the 48 Commission XI lawmakers showed up.
"While awaiting fellow lawmakers to arrive, some of us only asked former PT Merpati Airlines president director Sardjono Jhony about the company's business plan and how to cope with their debts. I believe none of us talked any more outside the meeting room," he said.
Commenting on the naming of members of the party in the scandal, leader of Democratic Party faction at the House, Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, suggested Dahlan to immediately provide evidence to the allegation to clarify misleading message against the party.
"We hope Pak Dahlan supports his allegation with necessary evidence otherwise [this is] nothing but slander," she said.
Separately, lawmaker Teguh Juwarno from PAN encouraged Dahlan to forward his report to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to uphold justice against "corrupt lawmakers".
"We have encouraged him [Dahlan] to go to the KPK with his report if he is sure about it," he said.
Meanwhile, antigraft activist Dahlan Abdullah from the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) called on both lawmakers and government officials to start to "clean" their institutions from corrupt practices.
"What has been going on between Pak Dahlan and the DPR gives both institutions momentum to curb corrupt practices. However, it seems that everyone is more focused on the political side of the incident instead of the core problem, which is massive corruption in almost all walks of life in this country," Dahlan Abdullah said.--Courtesy of The Jakarta Post