A regent in Indonesia is going through large scrutiny — and presumably authorized repercussions — for basically awarding himself and his subordinates taxpayers’ cash for each dying from COVID-19 in his area.
Jember Regent Hendy Siswanto final week admitted that he and a number of other prime officers from his administration and the area’s catastrophe mitigation company obtained a charge of IDR100K (US$6.96) for each COVID-19 dying within the regency. The charge was to reward Hendy and his subordinates for his or her position managing funerals within the East Java regency.
“The charge for each funeral or dying was IDR100K, if I’m not mistaken. The entire obtained was kind of IDR70.5 million. That’s from the overall quantity of people that died from COVID-19, which was 705,” Hendy said.
Hendy claimed that the charge was regulated in a regent’s decree, which, because the title suggests, he signed himself in March 2021.
Presumably unaware that he has the ability to eradicate such a ridiculous authorities regulation, Hendy mentioned his decree was merely a continuation of a decree issued by his predecessor, Faida, which was first signed in March 2020.
Nonetheless, it has since been reported that the decree doesn’t actually explicitly contain a clause rewarding officers IDR100K for each COVID-19 funeral, solely that each one related prices are to be coated by the regional price range (APBD).
Amid widespread ridicule, Hendy mentioned he and his subordinates have returned the entire cash to the area’s coffers.
Whereas Hendy has not confronted authorized penalties as of this text’s publication, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said yesterday that she is leaving the matter to the authorities, stressing that no official ought to revenue off of COVID-19 dealing with.
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