Fired for No Reason, Ari Widodo Sues Tax Directorate

9 October 2013

Former civil servant Ari Widodo has filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Finance’s Tax Directorate General for firing him without any clear season to the Central Information Commission (KI).

The trial held on Monday (7/10) at Central KI Room was led by Commissioner Panel chairman John Fresly along with two members Dyah Aryani and Rumadi and attended by Ari Widodo and Tax Directorate General’s PPID. In the trial, Ari Widodo said he had submitted a request regarding the reason of his dismissal. The request consisted of 62 points.

The information included reprimand letter and other documents that stated the reasons of Ari’s dismissal. Ari didn’t receive the documents he requested, which is why he filed for information dispute at Central KI.

The Tax Directorate General said they had conducted a test of consequence which made the requested information being exempted. Kurniawan, the directorate’s representative, said the information Ari requested was exempted and private as stipulated in Article 17 of Public Information Openness Law.

He also said based on the test of consequence, according to Government Regulation no. 53 about Employee Affair, data about dismissal is confidential. The Commissioners didn’t immediately accept the argument and will conduct checking at Tax Office to confirm whether the requested information is exempted.


Central Kalimantan KI Works with PWI to Promote Public Information Openness

In order to improve public information openness, the Central Kalimantan Information Commission has begun working with the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI). The cooperation started with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Batu Suli Internasional Hotel on Wednesday (9/10).

The event was attended by students, government agencies, PWI and NGOs. As a new institution, Central Kalimantan CV faces various problems, especially those that are related bureaucracy and public bodies that tend to be not transparent.

Central Kalimantan PWI chairman Sutransyah said the MoU between KI and PWI sent positive signal for electronic and printed media. He hoped the cooperation could promote transparent information for the public.

Central Kalimantan KI chairman Satriadi said he wanted to build strong cooperation between public bodies, media and society so that people’s right to information could be fulfilled.

“This MoU also serves to support Law No. 14/2008 about public information openness and Law No. 40/1999 on how to promote public information openness in Central Kalimantan,” said Satriadi.

KPU Urged to Draft Election Information Openness Regulation

7 February 2014

The General Elections Commission (KPU) must issue a regulation about information openness to speed up the spread of information about elections as voters need it.

“Requesting information, starting from submission of request to public bodies to information dispute resolution in the Information Commission, can take around 161 days while time span of appealing for election dispute is only three days. There needs to be KPU regulation so that obtaining information does not exceed the time span of election dispute resolution,” said Paramadina Public Policy Institute (PPPI) director Abdul Rahman Ma’mun on Thursday (6/2).

Abdul Rahman went on to say Law No. 14/2008 about public information openness doesn’t particularly contain article about elections information.

“Elections organizers must discuss with the Information Commissions to discuss this matter,” said Abdur, adding that KPU must also be pro-active in spreading information in every elections process.

He praised Perludem’s API Pemilu program which aims to spread elections information to voters so that they can easily find information about elections, such as profiles of candidates, voting regions, etc.

API, which stands for Application Programing Interface, is a mobile app that is more than just a portal. With this format, API will provide freedom and ease for app developers to create social media or web-based app. It contains database of elections that people can access freely.


BOS Funds Transparency Low

11 December 2013

Transparency and accountability in the use of School Operational Assistance (BOS) funds is very low even though the program has been implemented for five years. The use of the funds should involve parents of students from planning to reporting.

According to World Bank’s research, most parents have heard of the program, but only a few parents know more detailed information about the program, especially about the use of the funds.

The research was conducted on 3,600 parents from 720 schools in several regions in Indonesia. The result shows that 71.6 percent of parents don’t know about BOS reports and 92.65 percent have never seen school’s announcement board about BOS. Besides that, 89.58 percent of parents didn’t participate in BOS planning and provide recommendation or suggestion to the school’s principal.

Ade Irawan from the Education Coalition said that the drafting of schools’ budget and expenditure, including the use of BOS, is still top-bottom which is why transparency and accountability are almost non-existent.

According to Ade, the use of BOS funds in schools also reflects the condition of educational condition that is still top-down. Moreover, the government confidently claimed to be able to provide basic education for free with BOS. However, the reality is that schools are struggling because BOS is not enough to provide ideal education.



Central KI: Information Openness to Prevent Corruption

13 June 2014

Jakarta – Central Information Commission (KI) chairman Abdulhaid Dipopramono spoke about preventing corruption through information openness in public budget management in Indonesia during the 4th Anti-Corruption at Double Tree Hotel, Jakarta, on Thursday (12/6/2014).

The forum was held by UNODC, Bappenas, KPK, ICW and Transparency International (TI) and has been held since 2010 annually as an effort to encourage involvement of all national components in preventing and eradicating corruption.

Abdulhamid explained that a corrupt government is the one that is not open and transparent. There are many cases of corruption in ministries and local governments that have low information openness.

He further said that information openness is an effort to prevent corruption because if public bodies are open, public officials will find it difficult to manipulate budget and commit other various acts of corruption.

Indonesia needs to improve its efforts in preventing and eradicating corruption as corruption eradication in Indonesia has been stagnant in the past two years.

The Indonesian government’s commitment to prevent corruption together with other countries is reinforced with the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) through Law No. 7/2006.

The Anti-Corruption Forum aims to facilitate involvement of various stakeholders in monitoring UNCAC implementation and gather support from the public in preventing and eradicating corruption.

The forum was attended by various elements including ministries, government institutions, local governments, academics, research institutions, journalists and private companies.


KIP Rules in Favor of Kontras Lawsuit on Munir Murder Case

Jakarta – The Central Information Commission (KIP) has ruled in favor of The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) in the information dispute with the State Secretariat which has been ordered to open the documents of Munir Said Thalid murder’s Fact-Finding Team (TPF).

The Judge Council, headed by Evy Trisulo, determined that the results of TPF’s investigation are for public. Below are the details of the judge’s consideration for the decision.

The State Secretariat (Setneg) is a public body that is protected by the constitution and funded by the state. According to Information Openness Law Article 7 Clause 2, public bodies must provide accurate public information and announce every new policy in writing to fulfill people’s rights to information.

“The council opines that the unavailability of TPF’s information doesn’t automatically annul the defendant’s obligation to provide accurate public information,” said Evy on Monday (10/10/2016).

Regarding the public information dispute, the council said the establishment of TPF is protected by the constitution, which is proven with the ratification of Presidential Decree No. 111/2004.

The Presidential Decree shows that the establishment of TPF is part of the president’s public policy which why the council concluded that there would be public loss if the investigation results were not published.

Setneg’s reason of not keeping the documents was rejected as a public body, Setneg must be open to the public.

Based on above considerations, the council decided that TPF documents on the murder of Munir must be announced to the public through media.