Susno: comeback king or a wounded bull in a china shop?

I’ve said my piece in the Jakarta Globe article below. What do you think?

Susno Duadji. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Susno Duadji. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

NGO Testing Susno’s Food for Poison

Susno Duadji says he has taken steps to ensure his safety after making corruption allegations against fellow officers in the National Police.

“I’m not a little boy anymore. I calculated the risks before I opened my mouth. I’m not afraid. I know the National Police institution and I have taken preventive measures,” the former National Police chief detective told

He said he anticipated the possibility of being slandered, attacked, imprisoned and even murdered.

“I don’t stay in one place anymore now. It’s not safe for me anymore,” he said.

Susno has even enlisted an NGO to sample his food lest he be poisoned.

“We’re guarding his health because he’s under a lot of pressures,” said Dr Joserizal Jurnalis of the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee or MER-C.

Susno appears to have made a remarkable comeback in the public sphere. Reviled late last year as king of the corrupt “crocodiles” in a battle against the “geckoes” of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), he now presents himself as a man risking his life to battle graft. He has even been mentioned as a candidate to lead the KPK. 

But talk of Susno heading the antigraft agency comes from politicians “with an axe to grind,” says media strategist Ong Hock Chuan of Jakarta’s Maverick public relations firm.

“The press picks up those interpretations and presents them as fact,” said Ong, who dismissed the notion that Susno could actually get the position.

Meanwhile, Ong suspects Susno’s actions are not a strategy to reinvent himself but simply an attempt at revenge. The longtime police officer was removed from his position in the wake of the KPK scandal.

“I think he’s like a bull in a china shop, a wounded bull. It’s about getting back at the people who cost him his career,” he said.


Why we all should support Susno for KPK chief

It is, of course, complete nonsense that disgraced-police-top-brass-turned -whistle-blower Susno Duadji should even be considered as a candidate to lead the Corruption Eradication Commission.

The preposterous suggestion comes from Golkar, a party with a huge axe to grind, especially after they failed to oust Boediono and Sri Mulyani in the recent furore over the Bank Century case, and therefore should be ignored.

Despicable slimeball as he is, however, Susno deserves all our support and encouragement for the time being. This is because he is the guy who knows where all the skeletons are buried in the Police Force. And now that he’s been done out of a career in the Police Force, sacrificed, as it were by fellow slimeballs and corrupt officers, he’s now out for revenge by spilling the beans on his former comrades.

This is unsavory but healthy for the nation for it will help bleed corruption out of the system faster than other means. It is interesting to see how the implicated police officers are now screaming blue murder and getting all defensive about their role in the alleged corruption cases.

All of them have predictably protested innocence but how innocent are they? If the country’s journalists are worth their salt they would go digging around the houses and families of these police officers. How many of their wives would sport Bulgari watches, Louis Vuitton or Hermes handbags? What luxury cars do they and their family members drive? How many Blackberries per household? These are telltale signs of the integrity of lowly paid police officers and it is extremely simple to find out. So Unspun is at a loss why the journalists haven’t gotten of their backsides to do some investigation.

In the meantime and in the absence of some investigative spirit among the journalists the only recourse we have left is to egg and encourage Susno on in his mad quest for revenge. Feed his delusion that he could be the head of KPK, or even the police department, stoke his ego or whatever it takes to keep him spilling the beans on the corruption in the police department.

So anyone up for a “Susno for President” campaign?

Susno has chance to lead the KPK

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Mon, 03/22/2010 4:23 PM  |  National

Former National Police detective chief Susno Duadji has been tipped as a candidate to lead the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

“Susno has a chance,” legislator Bambang Soesatyo from the Golkar Party said as quoted by

The KPK has no chairman after the House of Representatives rejected the government regulation-in-lieu-of-law that appointed Tumpak Hatorangan Panggabean as KPK acting chairman, replacing Antasari Azhar who was found guilty of murder.

Four KPK deputy chairmen, however, remain on active duty.

Bambang said the government must decide quickly whether the KPK should have a new chairman or whether the current deputy chairmen were sufficient.

A tale of the most corrupt told in two news stories

Two stories in the front pages of most Indonesian newspapers today tell a very interesting story about Indonesia and corruption.

The first is a report by the Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy and tells us how corrupt Indonesia is, at least in terms of perception. The verdict: Indonesia is perceived as the most corrupt nation in Asia Pacific, beating out countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. This is no mean feat and you have to wonder why the perception is so bad because things work better in Indonesia than in some of these countries.

Indonesia is Seen as Most Corrupt Nation in Asia-Pacific Region

Once again, Indonesian has made it onto a list of superlatives. Unfortunately, not for something the nation should be proud of.

The Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy put Indonesia at the bottom of its latest Asia-Pacific corruption perception ranking, issued on Monday.

While Singapore topped the list of countries perceived to be clean of corruption, with a score of 1.42, Indonesia fared worst out of the 16 countries surveyed with 9.27. Cambodia was second from bottom with 9.10, Vietnam and the Philippines scored 8.07 and 8.06, respectively while Malaysia was ninth, just ahead of China, with a score of 6.47.

The PERC study was based on perceptions, not reality, but perceptions do matter.

The absolute level of corruption in Indonesia, it said, might not be any worse than in any other Asian country, but the perception that corruption is especially bad here will make it more difficult for the country to attract foreign direct investment and toughen the terms of those investments.

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Then there is the second story that perhaps tell us why the perception is so bad. It is a story about how, after six years of dicking around, the lawmakers involved in a bribery case linked to the appointment of a central bank senior deputy governor is finally going on trial.

Why the delay? Six years of justice delayed is justice denied. The bribes were apparently paid out in travelers checks, which would have left a paper trail wider than Gelora Bung Karno.

But the most interesting aspect of this story, and perhaps the fact that explains why Indonesia is perceived to be most corrupt in the region, is that the person at the middle of it all, the senior deputy governor Miranda Gultom, has astonishingly been unimplicated in this entire mess.

We have lawmakers who have admitted that they were paid to vote her in as Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor. As evidence is the travelers checks. You do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to connect the dots and establish a legal case, but the lady remains above the fray, like an immortal looking down on the shenanigans of lesser mortals.

Is the perception of how bad Indonesia’s corruption is based on the inference that ony the smaller fish get fried while the bigger ones enjoy full run of the ocean? When will Indonesia begin to change this perception?

PDI-P Lawmaker Goes on Trial in Bank Indonesia Vote-Buying Case

Sitting lawmaker Dudhie Makmun Murod went on trial at the Anti-Corruption Court in Jakarta on Monday for his alleged role in a Rp 24 billion ($2.6 million) bribery case linked to the appointment of a central bank senior deputy governor in 2004.

The House of Representatives member from the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is accused of distributing Rp 9.8 billion to 18 fellow party members serving on House Commission IX, which at that time oversaw financial and banking affairs, in return for voting economist Miranda Goeltom into the Bank Indonesia post.

Miranda was also backed by dozens of lawmakers from three other party factions — who were also alleged to have taken bribes — and enjoyed a landslide victory with 41 votes from the 51-member House commission.

Former lawmakers Hamka Yandhu of the Golkar Party and Udju Djuhaeri from the Police and Military faction, as well as sitting United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Endin Soefihara, are now awaiting trial for allegedly distributing the bribe money to their respective faction members.

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Zero Rupiah note for the oknum in Indonesia?

Came across an interesting story in The Economist about how an NGO called 5th Pillar is distributing Zero Rupee cupons in India as part of the fight against corruption and bribery. It is of no commercial value but comes in valuable when officials ask you for a bribe.

That’s when you pay them the Zero Rupee note. Crooked officials apaprently have been so ashamed or stunned by being given these notes that they repent their ways.

Unspun wonders if a Zero Rupiah note would work in Indonesia?

Ayin and Aling and the ding-a-ling Justice Minister

This is hilarious.

When the Task Force on the Eradication of the Legal Mafia paid a surprise visit to the prison in Pondok Bambu, East Jakarta, yesterday, what did they find?

Must have been a rather red-faced Artalyta Suryani, convicted of bribing prosecutors in a high profile case, who was in the middle of — wait for this — a laser cosmetic procdure!

Yes, apparently the Task Force team stumbled on Artalyta, aka Ayin, who must have been prone on some chair having her wrinkles removed.

Before: No great beauty outside, Ayin thought she could transofrm herself inside
A normal day at Ayin's cell
After: Ayin after task Force members surprised the laser cosmetic surgeon. Rumors are that Ayin is contemplating suing the Task Force for spoiling her looks

That wasn’t all the Task Force found though. They also found in Ayin’s cell a TV set, air-conditioning, a sofa, a work desk and a refrigerator among other things. That’s better facilities than those at Chez Unspun times four.

Other inmates, such as convicted drug dealer Aling, were even more lavish. Aling apparently had a 8 meter square room more posh than a hotel and decked out for a karaoke. Boy! Those inmates must have it tough in Pondok Bambu, having to listen to Aling Sing and watch Ayin get rid of her blackheads, pimples and wrinkles – all in the name of repaying their debts to society.

Weird but true…but the most fascinating fact of all in the Seputar Indonesia story below about the surprise visit has nothing to do with the inmates.

Apparently the Task Force invited Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar to join them for the surprise visit. The Minister, however, declined, saying that he did not want to inconvenience anyone (exactly who, Pak Menteri?) and that he may not be free.

The Justice Minister may not be free? What’s this wishy washy excuse. He has a secretary and several aides who presumably know how to work a calendar and a diary so that the can clear unimportant stuff from the minister’s slate and free him for the more important stuff.

What could be more important to a Justice Minister than to let the citizens see that justice is being done in the country’s prisons?

Sel Artalyta Penuh Fasilitas Mewah

Monday, 11 January 2010

JAKARTA(SI) – Satuan Tugas Pemberantasan Mafia Hukum menemukan fasilitas mewah bagi narapidana kasus penyuapan Artalyta Suryani di Rutan Pondok Bambu,Jakarta Timur.

Ruang khusus milik Artalyta dilengkapi pendingin udara (AC), pesawat televisi, sofa, meja kerja hingga kulkas. Satgas mengungkap fakta itu setelah inspeksi mendadak (sidak) selama tiga jam tadi malam, antara pukul 19.00 hingga 22.00 WIB.Tim Satgas yang ikut dalam sidak antara lain Denny Indrayana, Mas Achmad Santosa,Yunus Husein, dan Herman Effendi. Lima narapidana yang didatangi adalah Artalyta Suryani (Ayin), Aling,Darmawati,Ines Wulandari, dan Eri.

Narapidana yang pertama kali didatangi oleh Satgas adalah Ayin.Ayin merupakan narapidana kasus suap terhadap Jaksa Urip Tri Gunawan.Ayin divonis lima tahun penjara. Tim Satgas menemukan Ayin berada dalam sebuah kamar berukuran besar di lantai tiga yang terpisah dengan tahanan lain. Ruang ini berbeda dengan sel yang sehari-harinya ditempati Ayin. Saat anggota satgas tiba, mereka mendapati Ayin tengah mendapat perawatan laser kosmetik oleh dokter khusus di ruang khusus itu.

“Di sana kita menemukan ruang khusus seperti kantor begitu, ada televisi,AC, sofa untuk tidur,ruang tamu,lengkaplah di sana,”ujar anggota Satgas Pemberantasan Mafia Hukum Mas Achmad Santosa di Jakarta tadi malam. Inspeksi mendadak sengaja dilakukan tim karena mendapat informasi dan pengaduan dari masyarakat akan adanya diskriminasi narapidana di Rutan Pondok Bambu. Merespons hal ini,Satgas lantas berkoordinasi dengan Menteri Hukum dan HAM Patrialis Akbar.

Awalnya tim Satgas menghendaki agar menteri turut serta dalam sidak. Namun dengan alasan tidak ingin mengganggu,Menkumham menolak ikut. “Beliau tidak mau karena takut tidak bebas,” ujarnya. Penyimpangan yang dilakukan pihak pengelola Rutan Wanita Pondok Bambu itu tidak hanya dalam hal pemberian fasilitas mewah kepada Ayin serta para narapidana lain. Berdasarkan hasil sidak Satgas, anak-anak Ayin juga sering keluar masuk rutan.

Bahkan mereka bisa bebas bermain dengan ibunya di ruang tahanan.“Ada boks mainan anak-anak di kamar Ayin, lengkaplah di sana,”ujar Mas Achmad Santosa. Menurut dia, berdasarkan informasi yang dihimpun, Ayin sering mengajak anaknya masuk ke ruang tahanan dan baru pulang pada sore hari sekitar pukul 17.00 WIB.“Kenyataan ini seperti puncak gunung es, tidak menutup kemungkinan akan ada perlakuan khusus yang lebih di lembaga pemasyarakatan lain,”ujarnya.

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Remembered with fondness and respect: Hoegeng

This is the second time in two weeks that Unspun’s heard of the legendary Hoegeng, the chief of police who was so much of a straight shooter that he was removed from office by Suharto.

The first time Unspun heard of Hoegeng was from an old-time Jakarta resident. Speaking of corruption he told me about how Hoegeng was so honest that Suharto had to remove him.

He also told a story about how vindictive the New Order administration was. When Hoegeng’s son applied for a business permit he was refused because of his name. A friendly official told him that if he wanted his permit approved he should change or abbreviate his name.

Like his father he had integrity and refused. As a result he had great difficulty getting a permit.

The straight arrows of today may face a difficult life but people remember them and with affection and admiration. Surely it means more to Hoegeng’s family if the patriarch is remembered with respect rather than contempt?

Contrast that with the Police’s top brass today. How many of them are living in styles not commensurate with their pay checks? How can they hold their heads high when meeting anyone?

What’s more intriguing is how will their children cope? What would you do if one day you realized that your luxurious life, the cars that the family has, the Richard Mille watch your dad wears, the money he spent on your education all came from corruption?

What do you do then?


Posted by iman under: HUKUM & ETIKA; TOKOH .


Suatu hari di bulan September 1971, setelah Hoegeng Iman Santoso dicopot sebagai Kapolri oleh Presiden Soeharto. Ia mengembalikan semua barang barang inventaris milik dinas termasuk peralatan radio dan mobil.

Jend Pol. M Hassan yang menggantikannya menemuinya.

“ Kamu kok gila gilan, semua barang kamu kembalikan ? “.

“ Habis khan bukan punya saya “ Jawabnya.

Hoegeng juga mengatakan kalau ia naik bis kota saja untuk kemana mana. Sang Kapolri pengganti tak sampai hati, sehingga memaksa untuk meminjamkan mobil kepadanya.

Ini memang bukan cerita khayal tentang integritas seorang pejabat publik di Indonesia, bahwa di negeri ini pernah ada orang mengangkat kejujuran di atas segala galanya.

Jauh sebelumnya, ketika masih menjabat sebagai Kepala Jawatan Imigrasi – sekarang Dirjen – Hoegeng pernah mengusir seorang pengusaha asal Aceh kesayangan Bung Karno. Waktu itu pengusaha besar itu meminta paspor diplomatik, dengan iming iming akan memberi uang jatah bulanan kepada Hoegeng.

Kelak, dalam sebuah pertemuan di Istana, si pengusaha itu berusaha memberi impresi kepada Hoegeng bahwa ia dekat dengan Bung Karno. Tapi Hoegeng tak perduli, ia langsung mengatakan di depan presiden bahwa, orang itu hendak menyogoknya. Serta merta, Bung Karno memarahi habis habisan di depan Hoegeng.

via Iman Brotoseno » Hoegeng.

Jakarta lap dance

Fantastic story. But bet you 3-1 that we won’t see the end of this story. It will evaporate like so many good stories do and no one will be held accountable.

In the meantime, there’s all these civil servants, the relatives and their dogs bridging the Digital Divide in their homes…

Where have all the laptops gone, group questions

Indah Setiawati ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Fri, 11/13/2009 2:18 PM  |  City

The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Fitra) revealed that from 2007 to 2009, the city administration had allocated Rp 17.35 billion (US$1.83 million) to procure computers, of which none cropped up in the city's assets inventory.

Fitra secretary-general Yuna Farhan said Fitra suspected the computers had been claimed as personal assets.

“From 2007 to 2009, assuming an average price of Rp 18 million, there should be at least 965 notebook computers in city administration offices,” he said in a press release Thursday.

Brand-name notebook computers such as Acer, Toshiba and Apple retail on average for less than Rp 15 million. Fitra also questioned the administration's formulation of the budget.

“The formulation *of the computer budget* seems haphazard and careless and leaves room for abuse. The prices quoted varied wildly, showing no relation to the computer's specifications,” Yuna added.

He cited an allocation of Rp 549,481,800 for “a personal computer, laptop and printer” in the budget.

This violates the principles of transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in budget formulation as required in 2003 and 2004 laws, a 2005 government regulation and a 2007 ministerial regulation on regional and state budget management, Fitra said.

“Such costly budgeting may continue because the administration has allocated Rp 3.63 billion to procure computers for 2010,” Yuna said, adding that such practices should be stopped, as it would lead to price mark ups.

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Facebook wars over KPK

Forget Mafia Wars. This is infinitely more gripping. Besides it’s a real conflict involving the institutions that have the whole nation agog over the past few days and easily accessible through your Facebook account.

See how social media is being used — either in a concerted way by organizations or spontaneously by individuals — in the KPK-Police/Attorney General’s Office confrontation. This is an episode which is made all the more interesting because the Vice President of Indonesia @boediono has Twittered to ask who this Evan is. Go figure! (Why is the VP asking for information on Twitter when the intelligence services should be at his beck and call?)

The screen grab below is from the posting of a contact in Facebook. Apparently Evan is a Brimob member who had a posting in his Facebook page saying “Polri does not need society but society needs Polri…forward with the Indonesian Police, bury alive the small geckos…”

The response from one other Facebooker (below) was  a posting with screen grabs of Evan’s Facebook with lots of contacts “tagged” with the following comment: “This is Evan Brimob who is arrogant and opposes the citizenry, degrading healthy thinking and contemptuous of the defense of the truth. Spread this photo and search Evan Brimob and send him a message that his arrogance will unleash the people’s antipathy toward the police who have already exposed their rottenness”.

How will this play out? Log into your Facebook account and find out…


The end of cronyism in Indonesia?

The following article in The Age has an interesting perspective about SBY’s “enhanced” second term in office and its implications for cronism, long the bane of Indonesians. Can this be true?

Indonesia’s crony clean-out

Eric Ellis

July 15, 2009

MIGHT it just be that after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s sweeping re-election, the era of Indonesia’s grasping cronies is coming to an end?

These free-wheeling cronies have been a lawless cancer on the Indonesian economy for too long; the reason why so much of Indonesia doesn’t work properly — why its roads are pot-holed, why badly built bridges, buildings and dams collapse, why its technological backbone is dysfunctional, why consumers are abused, why its justice system is corrupt, why the oxygen-sustaining Borneo rainforests are logged to within an inch of their lives.

Cronies are to Indonesia what politically connected oligarchs are to Russia, except they’ve been around longer. Their fathers were to some extent commercial pioneers in the newly independent Indonesia, and there was then a role for them, because the new nation needed to be built, and built fast.

Their contracts and businesses were largely based on proximity to the military and the ruling family, which, save for the last decade of “reformasi”, has been largely the same thing, be it the Soehartos or the Soekarnos before them. Foreign investors quickly figured it out — joint-venture partners were chosen because they were well connected with the palace, not because they were great operators.

Too much was never enough for the cronies, who became some of Asia’s richest men, displaying almost obscene wealth in a country as poor as Indonesia. They should have been banished after the 1997-98 “Asian Contagion” crisis when the Indonesian economy collapsed and Soeharto was ousted. Some did — the Salim/Liem food-to-banking empire for one is a shadow of its former self — but the system was sufficiently politically malleable that many survived, and even prospered.

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Is there hope for the Police in Indonesia?

Something incredible has been happening during Unspun‘s morning treks to the gym and back: policeman were actually vigilant next to busy interactions and – get this – they were even directing traffic!

This is normal in other countries but in Indonesia where the police have the reputation as the most corrupt institution, policemen doing their jobs is actually abnormal.

Usually the only time a driver or motorist would have contact with the police is when they have committed an obscure traffic violation and the policespring out from whatever bush they were hiding behind to shake them down for a bribe.

But with the new police chief in charge things seem to have changed. Or have they? As the story in The Jakarta Post below demonstrates, skepticism runs deep where the police are concerned. There have been too many cases of new brooms sweeping clean that even when the service has improved at the Integrated Service Office (Samsat) in Daan Mogot for the past two years at least (Unspun has to make a pilgrimage there every year to renew his car license) the conventional wisdom is that it is too good to be true.

Is this a case where an institution is doing the right thing but is unable to communicate how well it is doing? If you were the Chief of Police how would you go about changing the perception of the police as a bunch of low level crooks?

Police service improvements: How long will they last?

Desy Nurhayati , THE JAKARTA POST , JAKARTA | Tue, 02/10/2009 11:14 AM | Cit

Although the police force was dubbed the most bribe-riddled institution by a recent survey, some people have acknowledged improvements in the administration of police services.

Drivers said they had noticed improvements when applying for licenses or arranging renewals.

Rather than a strict adherence to its motto, “Serving and protecting the community”, the police were believed only to be ready to serve when the money was ready.

But sentiment among drivers at the Integrated Service Office (Samsat) in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, was a little different.

“When applying for a driver’s license, service should be just like this, quick and with no extra fees,” said Ameria, a Pasar Minggu resident renewing his license at Samsat.

via Police service improvements: How long will they last? | The Jakarta Post.

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