Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has summoned two ministers to clarify their connection with a corruption case amid public pressure to fire them. The ministers to be questioned on 4 Aug are State Minister for National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta and Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Ka'ban.
In the Corruption Court on 28 July,Golkar lawmaker Hamka Yandhu said the two ministers received Rp 1 billion and Rp 300 million each from Rp 31.5 billion allocated by BI officials for the House's Commission IX on financial affairs to smooth amendments of the BI Law and resolution of the BI liquidity support corruption case. Hamka said he gave the money personally to Paskah, Ka'ban and 49 other commission members.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's commitment to corruption eradication is facing an acid test following a graft case in which two of his cabinet ministers are implicated, Political analysts believe Paskah, a senior Golkar politician, and Ka'ban, who chairs the Crescent Star Party (PBB), have become liabilities for Yudhoyono's administration.
Replacing ministers is not without precedent in Indonesia today. In May 2007, the President replaced justice minister Hamid Awaluddin and state secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra over their link to graft cases.
Source: The Jakarta Post, August 2, President to grill Paskah, Ka'ban, http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/08/02/president-grill-paskah-ka0...
The Jakarta Post, August 2, SBY can raise popularity by firing ministers Paskah and Ka'ban, http://www.thejakartapost.com/node/176433