Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD challenged DPR Commission III member Arteria Dahlan to dare to speak out regarding the Head of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan.
He said this because Arteria considered that the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) should not have leaked intelligence information to Mahfud MD.
Previously, Arteria said PPATK reports should not be announced to the public and that those who leaked them could potentially be criminally punished.
“Do you dare to say that to Pak Budi Gunawan. He is the president’s direct subordinate, not the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs,” said Mahfud MD in RDP Commission III, Wednesday (29/3).
According to Mahfud MD, Budi Gunawan reports intelligence information to himself every week.
“Try to tell Pak Budi Gunawan, according to the BIN Law, Pak Budi Gunawan can be sentenced to 10 years in prison according to Article 44, (Arteria) dares not?” he said.
He said this was exactly what PPATK had done to the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, namely by disclosing intelligence information.
“Well, this is BIN telling me, not to the president. It’s March. How come it’s not allowed, how come?” he said.
Mahfud ND then questioned his duties as Chairman of the National Committee for Prevention and Eradication of ML if he was not allowed to receive information from PPATK.
“What’s the point of having a Committee, this is important for you because I work based on intelligence information. What is the basis for reporting to the chairman? You know, I’m the chairman, so he can report and I can ask,” he said.
Mahfud also reminded that Budi Gunawan always gave intelligence reports even though he was not under the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.
“I am the chairman of the committee, the president is appointed and there is a decree. Then why is there a committee chairman if you don’t report it and I’m not allowed to know?” said Mahfud MD.
The hearing meeting between Mahfud MD and Commission III of the DPR was held in order to discuss the polemic on an odd financial transaction worth IDR 349 trillion involving the Ministry of Finance.
Chairman of Commission III of the DPR, Bambang Wuryanto, previously said that the meeting was expected to clear up the polemic over the Rp349 trillion odd transaction, which has been in the spotlight recently.