Dec. 24, p. 3
The government must spend trillions of rupiah before Dec. 31, as it has failed to meet disbursement deadlines for several big-ticket projects, an NGO has said.
A report released by the Indonesia Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) said that the government had a whopping Rp 290 trillion (US$30 billion) in funds that had not yet been disbursed for authorized allocations this year, or 27.2 percent of the Rp 1,069 trillion revised state budget for 2012.
It is good that organizations such as FITRA exist, without them, I believe, most of our taxpayer’s money would end up in the astonishing high salaries for under-performing civil servants and other disguised perks for parasites in the service of the people (who actually only serve themselves).
Robert L. Stevenson
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