Police Probe Tabanan Regent Over Hospital Land Deal

TABANAN

Bali Police are investigating allegations that land earmarked for an international hospital at Kediri was sold to the developers at an inflated price.

The probe comes amid other claims aired by members of the 2004-2009 regency legislature that they were pressured into signing off on the deal, said to have cost Rp14 billion (US$1.5 million). One said: “Yes, we agreed to participate but it was done by the executive branch.”

Former legislator Wayan Gunadi said he had taken part in providing recommendations to approve the development of the proposed hospital, including acquisition of the land, but claimed he did not know the purchase cost.

Tabanan Regent Adi Wiryatama would not comment on the case or his role in the land deal, saying only: “Let the process [police investigation] run, yes.”

Legislature chairman Ketut Suryadi, who is also chairman of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle in Tabanan, was also reluctant to disclose details. “I have no comment,” he told reporters.

But the leader of the Democratic Party in the legislature, Made Yasa, called on police to act transparently in handling the case.

“There must be no cover-up,” he said. He was backed by senior Golkar politician Ketut Loka Antara, a member of the legislature’s Commission III (development committee) who also called for a thorough investigation and said he believed there had been “a very dirty game” behind the land deal and it had caused losses to the state.

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