Ministry Secretary Accused of Issuing Unauthorized Hospitality Request


APRIL 01, 2016

Jakarta. Dwi Wahyu Atmaji, the secretary in the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, is accused of having issued an unauthorized hospitality request for the members of a Jakarta city councilor's family, who were going on holiday in Australia. The controversial letter has gone viral on social media, triggering widespread condemnation.

Dwi apparently wrote and signed an official ministerial letter addressed to the Indonesian consulate general in Sydney on March 22, asking the overseas mission to provide accommodation and transportation for five family members of Wahyu Dewanto Suripman, a city councilor from the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), during their visit to Australia from March 24 to April 2.

Dwi allegedly wrote the letter on behalf of Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi, also a Hanura politician.

"The letter was written without order or consent from the minister," ministry spokesman Herman Suryatman said on Friday (01/04).

The original request was made by the minister's personal secretary, Reza Pahlevi, and later delivered to the ministry secretary without Yuddy's approval, Herman said.

"Wahyu Dewanto is a Hanura colleague and a friend. But that doesn't mean he would get all the facilities requested in that letter," Yuddy said in a statement on Thursday night.

Wahyu's family members mentioned in the letter are Utari Ayundhani Tauchid, Prapti Painem, Clarisa Mutiara Dewanto, Muhammad Sultan Adila and Muhammad Emir Adila.