Thursday, December 3, 2015

1) President criticizes ministries over Papua development

1) President criticizes ministries  over Papua development 
2) Freeport Boss Arrives at MKD, Agrees to Open Hearing

3) Freeport Indonesia CEO: The Speaker of the House Asked for a 20% Stake


1) President criticizes ministries  over Papua development, Jakarta | Thu, December 03 2015, 9:12 PM - 
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has criticized ministries for a lack of cooperation in implementing development in the easternmost region, accusing them of only focusing on their respective sectors.
The President stressed that development in the region should consider the aspirations of the Papuans.
“In recent years, the ministries work based on their respective sectors, not together,” said Jokowi when opening a limited Cabinet meeting to discuss development in Papua at the Presidential Office on Thursday as reported by
During the meeting, the President instructed the ministers to closely coordinate when implementing their respective development projects in Papua.
The President stressed that the government gave serious attention to the development of Papua by building infrastructure, including roads, bridges and markets, and improving healthcare services and education. 
Jokowi also instructed the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police to coordinate when doing their jobs so that the benefits of their presence could be felt by Papuans.
“[We need] to speed up infrastructure development in the border areas, such as roads and bridges, to eliminate isolation in Papua. It will help ease the movement of people and goods. It will affect [lower] prices of commodities,” Jokowi added. (bbn)
THURSDAY, 03 DECEMBER, 2015 | 14:50 WIB
2) Freeport Boss Arrives at MKD, Agrees to Open Hearing
TEMPO.COJakarta - Maroef Sjamsoeddin, president director of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) arrived at the House of Representatives building around 1 pm, Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Maroef is there to testify before the House's Ethics Council (MKD) hearing for the case against House speaker Setya Novanto, who is accused of misusing the names of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in negotiating for shares allocation with the US-based miner.
Escorted by a dozen officers, Maroef quickly went into the courtroom without saying a word, only smiling to the dozens reporters who have been waiting for his arrival.
The hearing, which was open to public, started after MKD chief Surahman Hidayat asked Maroef if he was willing to make the hearing public.
In yesterday's trial, the MKD summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said as the person who reported Setya's alleged name abuse. The MKD also plans to summon oil and gas tycoon Riza Chalid.
Riza and Maroef were the two men whom Setya Novanto had the infamous conversation with, in which the House speaker allegedly claimed to represent the President and Vice President in asking for Freeport shares.

3) Freeport Indonesia CEO: The Speaker of the House Asked for a 20% Stake
By : Hotman Siregar | on 5:13 PM December 03, 2015

Jakarta. The chief executive of mining giant Freeport Indonesia has confirmed allegations that the speaker of the House attempted to shake him down for a 20 percent stake in the company, in what is shaping up to be the biggest corruption scandal in Indonesian history.
Maroef Sjamsoeddin made the statement during his sworn testimony on Thursday before an ethics tribunal convened by the House of Representatives into allegations that House Speaker Setya Novanto demanded that 20 percent of shares in copper and gold miner Freeport Indonesia – valued at an estimated $4 billion – be divested through him and prominent oilman Muhammad Riza Chalid.
“The speaker of the House and his associate, Riza Chalid, asked for a 20 percent stake [in Freeport Indonesia],” he said.
“I reported this to our principal,” he added, referring to Arizona-based parent company Freeport-McMoRan founder and chairman James R. Moffett.
Maroef, a former deputy chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), said Setya had sought him out ever since he became chief executive of Freeport Indonesia in January this year, but added he did not know why until later. He said that when it became apparent at the meeting what Setya and Riza were driving at, he tried to nip it in the bud.
“I tried to stop it. I said ‘Thank you for your time’ because it was getting out of hand. It was inappropriate for the speaker of the House and a businessman to be speaking like that,” Maroef said.
“I took the initiative to record [the conversation with Setya and Riza],” he added as quoted by Kompas. “I was worried because I was on my own, while Setya was with Riza.”
He said that the recording, which was played before the tribunal on Wednesday evening and broadcast live on television, was authentic. “I didn’t cut out any part of the recording. What we talked about and what you heard last night are exactly the same.”
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said last month submitted a portion of the recording and a transcript to the House Ethics Council, alleging that Setya had attempted to have the stake in Freeport Indonesia divested through him and Riza, and claiming that President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla would be the final recipients.
Kalla, who has denied any role in the alleged shakedown, on Thursday lashed out at what he called Setya’s “greed” and “corruption.”

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