KPK asks sport ministry to tightly control distribution of grants

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to seriously reform and tighten supervision of the process of channeling grants.

"As well as paying attention to the accountability aspects of using aid funds from the government to related organizations," the commission's Deputy Chairman Saut Situmorang said in a press conference at the KPK building, Jakarta, Wednesday (19/12) night.

He made his statement regarding to the corruption case of channeling aid from the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) in 2018.

"The allocation of grants that should be maximized to improve the performance of Indonesian sports should not become a room for corruption because of the weak supervision and accountability mechanisms that are not accountable," Saut said.

So far, KPK has named five suspects in the case, among others the Secretary General of KONI Ending Fuad Hamidy (EFH) and the General Treasurer of KONI Jhonny E Awuy (JEA) for offering the bribe; Deputy IV of the Ministry Mulyono (MUL), Adhi Purnomo (AP) who is the Commitment Making Officer at the Ministry, and Eko Triyanto (ET) a staff of the Ministry for receiving the bribes.

Adhi Purnomo, Eko Triyanto and his friends were allegedly received a bribe of at least Rp318 million from KONI officials regarding government grants to the committee through the ministry.

"It is suspected that MUL received the money through the ATM with a balance of around Rp100 million related to the distribution of aid from the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports to KONI in fiscal year 2018," Saut said.

It was previously suspected Mulyana had received other grants beforehand, namely in April 2018 receiving one unit of the Toyota Fortuner, in June 2018 received Rp300 million from Jhonny E Awuy, and in September 2018 received a unit of smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note 9 brand.

"Grants allocated from the Ministry of Youth and Sports for KONI are Rp17.9 billion," Saut said, adding that KONI has allegedly submitted a proposal to the ministry to obtain the grant.

"It is suspected that the submission and distribution of grant funds was not based on actual conditions," Saut said.

Before the proposal was submitted, it was alleged that there had been an agreement between the Kemenpora and KONI to allocate "fees" of 19.13 percent of the total grant of Rp17.9 billion, or some Rp3.4 billion.

In an operation related to the case, the KPK team also secured a number of evidences including Rp318 million, bank account and ATM (balance of around Rp100 million in the name of Jhonny E Awuy in Mulyanas control), a blue Chevrolet Captiva belonged to Eko Triyanto and cash in plastic parcels in the KONI office around Rp7 billion.

Source: ANTARA News

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