31 Lawmakers Waste Rp1.7 Billion by Visiting Japan

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A total of 31 members Badung parliament, Bali, were urged to account for their visit to Japan by utilizing the regional revenues and expenditure budget funds amounted Rp1. 7 billion.

“Do not use the public money arbitrarily to go abroad. Consider the benefits first for the people and then accounting for the overseas visits,” said the political analyst from the University of Udayana (Unud) Denpasar, I Made Anom Wiranata.

He doubted the departure of 31 legislative members beneficial to Badung regency. “Especially if the invitation of Japan was fake and violated the Permendagri (Domestic Regulation No. 11 Year 2011 on Official Travel Abroad For local government officials and leaders and Members of Parliament),” said the master of arts” of the School for International Training, Vermont, United States.

In fact he said that if legislators in the developed countries, including U.S., who traveling to abroad using public money, it will be a big issue.

“The public there is also noted that the Board members who like traveling abroad will not be selected for the second time in the next election,” said the lecturer of International Relations Studies Program or FISIP Unud.

Therefore, Anom urged elements of society in Badung to proactively ask for accountability to 31 members of the Board who are scheduled to return from Japan, Sunday.

“It’s supposed that the community apply the concept of participatory democracy so no need to wait for the Board to explain,” he said.

He also encouraged people to ask executives and legislators to explain the use of funds from APBD budget because it is set in Act Public Information.

“So far, the use of APBD and APBN budget is more oriented to the absorptive capacity of each institution, regardless of the principle of benefit to the community,” said Anom.

He then pointed out that once the absorption of funds from APBD budget was not optimal, then the relevant agencies rush to use it for overseas trips or other work trips.

Related to visit 31 legislative members, previously the Secretary of Badung parlianment, Made Wira Darmajaya assumed that all departure licensing documents are fulfilled.

“The invitation is official likewise therefore it becomes the basis of license arrangement application to, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Embassy of Japan,” he said in Mangupura, Mengwi, last Wednesday (24/10) .

Unfortunately, Darmajaya can’t mention institutions or agencies in Japan that invited 31 members of the Board. “I do not know their name,” he said.

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