Vice President Jusuf Kalla speaking at the opening of World Press Freedom Day 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan on Wednesday (03/05). (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Kalla Says BLBI Graft Case Was Result of Poor Implementation, Not Regulations


MAY 03, 2017

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the corruption involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance, or BLBI, occurred as a result of the poor implementation of the regulations.

Kalla said the BLBI regulations issued by the government at that time were good, but that their implementation was a failure because the existence of a blanket guarantee for banks resulted in corruption.

The vice president said the officials who implemented the scheme should take responsibility for its failure.

"So, the problem is that the parties involved were discharged, removed from the list, despite not paying anything yet. It's wrong. Meanwhile, the regulations stated that if they already paid, then it should be proven and their names cleared. The issue is not with the regulations, but the implementation," Kalla said in Jakarta on Tuesday (02/05).

During the commemoration of International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9 last year, various experts urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to solve high-profile graft cases left unfinished by the agency's former leaders.

The KPK has confirmed that its investigation into the BLBI case is continuing, but it has not provided any details of the actions it has taken so far.