The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has decided that a bass guitar gifted to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo from the metal band Metallica is state property, an official said on Tuesday.
Giri Supradiyono, a KPK director, said the maroon Ibanez bass from musician Robert Trujillo has the potential to create a conflict of interest because the gift was related to Joko’s role as a governor.
“The gift was given by Jonathan Liu as the concert promoter. He had the idea to ask his friend to get signed bass [from Metallica]. So the bass was requested to be signed,” Giri said at City Hall.
Giri said the guitar was declared state property because it exceeded the Rp 300,000 limit for gifts and there was a mysterious note on the guitar, separate from Trujillo’s message that said: “To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass.” Jokowi is the governor’s nickname.
“Because there is [a note on the guitar that reads] ‘Giving Back,’ which has different handwriting than Trujillo’s [note]. There is someone else who added it. In Indonesian, the words could have a meaning of asking for something in return,” Giri said, adding that Joko can keep the photo of Trujillo playing the bass.
Giri said that the KPK was deciding between two options of what to do with the bass. One proposal is to move it to a museum, while the other option is auctioning the bass through the Ministry of Finance.
“Jokowi can have it again but with a higher price [if he buys it at the auction],” he said.
Joko, an avid heavy metal music fan, surrendered the signed bass guitar to KPK in early May after the antigraft body saw the governor proudly showing the gift off in Indonesian media.
All public officials are required to report the receipt of gifts to the antigraft commission within 30 days