Author: Prismono | Wednesday, April 22 2015 – 19:06:02 WIB
Jakarta, Petrominer – Publish What You Pay Indonesia (PWYP Indonesia) urges the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to thoroughly investigate suspected corruption cases committed by House of Representatives Commission IV member Adriansyah who is also a former Tanah Laut Regent, South Kalimantan. The case is suspected to have a motive for bribery as an attempt to launch a mining permit process in Tanah Laut Regency.

Ardiansyah was arrested in Operation Catching Hands (OTT) while receiving bribes from the President Director of PT Mitra Maju Sukses, Andrew Hidayat, of 500 million in Bali in early April 2015. According to media reports of the KPK examination last week, Ardiansyah admitted receiving bribes more than once.

“The Adriansyah case shows that from its upstream, namely in the licensing process, the mining sector is very vulnerable to corrupt practices,” said PWYP Indonesia’s Advocacy Coordinator, Aryanto Nugroho, Wednesday (4/22).

Aryanto revealed, the KPK is currently intensively conducting Coordination and Supervision (Korsup) in the Natural Resources sector, one of which is in the mineral and coal mining sector (Minerba). That is, considering the management of natural resources is prone to leakage which causes the State to lose large amounts.

The five Korsup KPK focuses on the mineral and coal sector which have been taking place since early 2014 include: curbing mining business licenses (IUP); implementation of financial obligations of mining businesses; implementation of production supervision; implementation of the obligation to process mining products; and conducting supervision of sales and shipping of mining products.

Based on data processed by PWYP Indonesia from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources as of September 2014, there were at least 843 IUPs in South Kalimantan Province, with 413 clean and clear (CnC) IUPs and the remaining 430 IUPs or 51% of them with non CnC status.

“Specifically in Tanah Laut Regency, many IUPs have not yet had the status of CnC, totaling around 73% of the total 224 IUP existing. If at the end of June 2015 there was still no improvement, 73% of the mining licenses should have been revoked based on the Korsup Minerba KPK agreement and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Regional Government, “said Aryanto.

In addition, Tanah Laut Regency also has 78 mining business licenses that still have regional problems such as overlapping commodity differences, overlapping commodities, and overlapping authorities and coordinates that are not in accordance with statutory regulations. These problematic licenses are likely to cause State losses, and mining activities that do not pay attention to environmental aspects and good mining technical standards.

Source: Petrominer