Democrat and PKS strive for Special Jiwasraya Task Force

Both the Democrat Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera – “PKS”) Factions officially submits proposals for establishing a Special Task Force to deal with the Jiwasraya Case. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Both the Democrat Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera – “PKS”) Factions officially submitted proposals for establishing a Special Task Force to deal with the Jiwasraya Case. The proposition was submitted to Deputy Speaker of the House (“DPR”) in Politics and Security, Azis Syamsuddin, in his office in Nusantara III Building, Parliamentary Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, on Tuesday (04/02/2020). Present from the PKS Faction were Jazuli Juwaini, Dimyati Natakusumah and Habib Aboe Bakar Al Habsyi, while the Democrat Party was represented by Hinca Panjaitan, Herman Khaeron and Benny K Harman. The proposal includes support signatories of 50 PKS Faction members and 54 Democrat Party Faction members. Referring to Law Number 2 of 2018 on Second Amendment to Law Number 17 of 2014 concerning the People’s Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat – “MPR”), the DPR, the Regional Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah – “DPD”), and the Regional House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPRD”), the establishment of an Special Investigative Task Force must be proposed by at least 25 people from mor than one faction.

Herman Khaeron stated that Democrat and PKS have decided to continue to fight for the right to investigate. “Today, we were received by DPR Leader Mr. Azis. Alhamdulillah, praised be Allah, our request will be followed up on according to applicable rules and regulations. This is an aspiration that the Leaders of DPR must also respond to,” he said at Nusantara V, Parliamentary Complex, Jakarta, on Tuesday (04/02/2020).

Meanwhile, Benny K. Harman said that the Jiwasraya case is not a minor one. It is a great case that should be examined carefully. The Democrats want this case to be solved thoroughly, because failure to resolve its various aspects will lower public trust in all financial institutions. The Democrats chose to have a Special Task Force for Jiwasraya created, as there are three Task Forces for the same case already – one each in Commission III, Commission VI, and Commission XI. “Let’s join them together into a single Special Task Force so that we can coordinate, be comprehensive, and solve this thoroughly. This is the background for our request,” he said.  

Benny said that the Special Task Force will also investigate the whereabouts of the funds that may have been stolen from this Government corporation. “We sense something political within the Jiwasraya criminal case. We do not only question how much was involved in the Jiwasraya Case, not just to return the clients’ money, but we are also curious about what the money was used for,” he said.

Benny stated that the Democrats seek to follow up on their suspicion that there is a connection between the insurance company and President Joko Widodo’s government, as they suspected the crime to be a well-organized one. “We sense a crime, a hijacking in the Jiwasraya Case. Getting so much money using such sophisticated methods, or as we called it, organized crime, naturally has special motives,” he said.

Earlier, DPR member from the PKS Faction Sakinah Aljufri interrupted the DPR Plenary Meeting held in the Parliamentary Complex in Jakarta on Monday (03/02/2020). She expressed her hope that the leaders of DPR would respond to the proposal to create a Special Task Force for the PT Asuransi Jiwasraya corruption case. Sakinah mentioned that a Special Task Force was created to investigate the Century Bank case, which caused the State a loss of IDR 7.4 trillion. “And for such amount, the DPR agreed to establish the Special Task Force. Now, we have a much bigger case with a fantastic loss of IDR 13.7 trillion. Naturally, we are looking how DPR will act now,” she said.

However, other Factions from the parties that support the Government think otherwise. DPR Speaker Puan Maharani stated that a Special Task Force for investigating the Jiwasraya corruption case is not yet necessary. “The DPR has created three Task Forces each in Commission III, Commission VI, and Commission XI. Therefore, the ball is now in the courts of these three Task Forces. They will be doing an optimal job, so a Special Task Force is not necessary,” said Puan in her statement.

Unnecessary Commotion
Meanwhile, United Development Party (Partai Persatuan Pembangunan – “PPP”) General Secretary Arsul Sani is worried that the formation of the Jiwasraya Special Task Force would end up causing confusion. “I believe that the position of the factions that created a coalition for the Government have not changed up to now. It does not mean that the Special Task Force should never be created at all, but we worry that if we handle or monitor the issue with a Special Task Force, only political commotion will occur,” he said.

For example, such commotion is marked by the recent statement made by RI’s sixth President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (“SBY”) about Jiwasraya on his personal Facebook page recently. He urged that the connection between the PT Asuransi Jiwasraya scandal and the funding of the 2019 Elections funding be investigated He mentioned two ministers in the statement, whether knowingly or unknowingly implicating various possibilities about them, while the Government Factions prefer to ensure that the clients’ monies are recovered as quickly as possible. “When two ministers were obviously targeted, the issue will come to the public’s attention. There’s the political aspect,” Arsul said.

The Attorney General’s Office responded to the statement that they will solve the case. “We do not have the capacity for it, but as investigators we do have the responsibility to expose irregularities,” said Attorney General’s Investigative Director, Junior Attorney General in Special Crimes Febrie Adriansyah to the press in the Attorney General’s Office at Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Thursday (30/01/2020).

Febrie stressed that the Prosecuting Team must be careful and thorough when reporting on Jiwasraya. Where the money goes will be discovered sooner or later. However, he stated that there seems to be no indications that the money has entered political party channels so far. “Not yet, we are investigating further,” he said.

To repeat, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono requested earlier through a long post on his Facebook wall that the investigation of the PT Asuransi Jiwasraya Case should include seven issues, one of them being the connection between the case and the flow of funding for the 2019 Elections. “This investigation is necessary in order to answer questions and eliminate the preconception among the people that the funds in the Jiwasraya Case were channeled to the Campaign Teams for the 2019 Elections, as well as to political parties and presidential candidate teams,” he said. (Dan)