Zulkarnaen Djabar and his son Dendy Prasetya, bribery suspects in a Koran procurement case, allegedly received kickbacks totaling Rp 4 billion ($428,000) for two projects of the Religious Affairs Ministry between 2011 and 2012.
Zulkarnaen, a Golkar Party lawmaker and member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, allegedly received the kickbacks to smooth the budget approval process at the House. His son, Dendy, is president director of Karya Sinergi Alam Indonesia, a partner company of the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Johan Budi, spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), said on Monday that both were allegedly involved in two graft-ridden projects carried out by the Religious Affairs Ministry. The first consisted of Koran procurement between 2011 and 2012, and the second was procurement of computer laboratory equipment.
“He led the laboratory budget for the Islamic school Tsanawiyah and Koran procurement,” Johan said. “He allegedly received Rp 4 billion. The one that gave the bribe is allegedly a private company, but it is still being investigated.”
According to Johan, the House approved Rp 51 billion in total for the two projects, with Rp 31 billion allotted for Koran procurement and Rp 20 billion marked for computer laboratory procurement.
Zulkarnaen allegedly demanded that officials of the Religious Affairs Ministry appoint Adhi Aksara Abadi Indonesia as the tender winner for the Koran procurement. He also allegedly asked ministry officials to appoint a company named BKM as the tender winner in the laboratory procurement project. Dendy’s role in the alleged graft is still unclear.
Both of them are charged with Article 5, 11 and 12 of the 1999 Law on Corruption Eradication.