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  • internet  kembali jadi forum pertarungan  untuk pembebasan sandera politik  yang lebih penting, yaitu Sri Mulyani – Boediono. Kalau Bibit-Chandra menjadi  sasaran  markus dan oknum lembaga penegak hukum,  Sri Mulyani-Boediono diserang koruptor dan penghindar pajak menggunakan oknum anggota DPR.  Nama-nama korban yang disebut sebetulnya bukan hal yang utama dalam drama politik yang berlangsung. Dalam ketiga kasus Prita Mulyasari, Bibit – Chandra, Sri Mulyani – Boediono, yang dipertaruhkan adalah Negara, masyarakat adil yang diganggu oleh elemen antisocial.

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  • Perhimpunan Bank-Bank Umum Nasional (Perbanas) berpendapat keputusan Komite Stabilitas Sistem Keuangan (KSSK) membuat kekhawatiran industri perbankan hilang karena menyelamatkan Bank Century.

     "Keputusan KSSK membuat kekhawatiran bank-bank hilang, karena menyelamatkan seluruh sistem keuangan dengan menyelamatkan sebuah Bank," ujar Ketua Perbanas Sigit Pramono di Gedung Departemen Keuangan, Jakarta, Rabu (23/12/2009).

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  • jika yang dikedepankan adalah logika dan nurani maka membaca dan mengikuti berbagai berita tentang kasus BC ini selama 15 menit, kita akan langsung mengerti siapa benar dan siapa ngaco, next setelah 30 menit kita akan mengerti apa tujuan di blow-up nya case ini, namun setelah 30 menit kita akan mengerti apa tujuan di blow-up nya case ini, namun setelah 1 jam...jadi ngeri euyyy....kita akan mengerti kalo rakyat kita sedang digiring ke jurang.

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  • Proses penyelidikan sebaiknya dilakukan secara proaktif oleh KPK untuk membuktikan dugaan ini. Dengan begitu, masalah ini akan semakin terang benderang sehingga masyarakat dapat menilai mana yang benar dan mana yang salah. Karena akan sangat menyedihkan jika gerakan masyarakat sipil acap kali ditunggagi "penumpang gelap" yang punya kepentingan politik jangka pendek.


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  • Corruption was inside of the government, now the corrupt people are outside. Outside of the cabinet, but not outside of the political system. Many suspect elements are members of the parliament, and some officials who had been dismissed by Sri Mulyani have been selected to head important agencies such as the Audit Agency (BPK).  When Sri Mulyani upheld the law on tax, capital markets and acquisitions, some fell victim to the rulings in favor of good governance. This has spawned a vendetta among the erstwhile victims of reform.  That is the plain truth about the Bank Century debate.

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  • Isu pokoknya bukan soal bela Sri Mulyani – Boediono. Itu terlalu personal. Yang lebih penting adalah kita coba selamatkan nasib kita sendiri dalam arti tabungan kita, pendapatan kita, pekerjaan kita, dengan mendorong supaya ekonomi tidak diganggu. Jadi kalau membuat pernyataan atau sikap maka tujuannya adalah bagaimana menyelamatkan ekonomi Indonesia dari tekanan politik ini.

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  • "Wimar Witoelar, who moderated the press conference, said Mulyani had been treated unfairly.  This noise is made by anarchic political groups. The media are being used as their tools.”

    Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati expects allegations that she conspired with Robert Tantular, which have now proven untrue, would not distract the public’s attention from the ongoing probe into Century. “I hope this allegation, made by lawmaker Bambang Soesatyo, a member of the Golkar Party, will not distract us,” Mulyani said Sunday. “We want the investigation into Century to be objective, transparent, credible and untarnished by dirty political motives. I think this [allegation] has led to character assassination.

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  • Sudah terlalu lama kita membiarkan orang bersikap kasar sampai menendang-nendang gambar pejabat negara yang tidak bersalah, mencaci maki kebijaksanaan yang tidak dimengerti. Perbedaan antara SMI dan Aburizal Bakrie mengembalikan perspektif kita pada pilihan sederhana dan murni. Tanpa mengubur masalah dalam penjelasan panjang-panjang, kita ramai-ramai dan sendiri-sendiri melakukan pilihan sendiri: SMI atau Bakrie?

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  • The Wall Street Jounal published a bombshell piece titled "Indonesian Minister defends bailout". It was a frank and direct statement by the internationally acclaimed Finance Minister which shocked some parties but relieved the general public who had long wanted to see some light at the end of the political tunnel which the Bank Century case had become. The finger points to Aburizal Bakrie eh is facing huge tax obligations and fines in a case being prepared by the Indonesian Tax Office. Presdent Yudhoyono is expected to support the Finance Minister who is the most important asset in Indonesia's economic credibility.

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    By TOM WRIGHT
    JAKARTA -- Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said a parliamentary probe into the government's handling of a 0 million bank bailout last year is an attempt by rival politicians to unseat her because of her efforts to overhaul the country's bureaucracy.
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    Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, shown speaking at a seminar in Jakarta last week, in an interview defended the bailout of Bank Century last year.
    Ms. Sri Mulyani and Vice President Boediono have become subjects in recent weeks of a parliamentary investigation into the bailout in November 2008 of Bank Century, a small Indonesian lender. As finance minister, Ms. Sri Mulyani oversaw the bailout; Mr. Boediono was central-bank governor at the time.
    Ms. Sri Mulyani said in an interview that failing to guarantee Bank Century's deposits at a time of huge capital outflows from emerging markets could have sparked panic among depositors of other banks. "I felt like what I did was the right thing for the country," she said.
    Mr. Boediono has also defended the bailout as necessary to stop wider panic in the banking sector.
    The head of the investigation, Idrus Marham, who is secretary-general of the Golkar Part y, said on Wednesday the investigation was backed by all major political parties and wasn't targeted at Ms. Sri Mulyani.
    "We didn't do this to target Sri Mulyani. The focus is to get data and facts" on the bailout, Mr. Marham said.
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    He declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, which began this month and he said will take two months to complete.
    Mr. Marham and other Golkar Party lawmakers who are leading the probe claim the bailout of Bank Century was done without legal authority and without proving a capital injection was needed to stave off a run on other banks. Some politicians have said the bank wasn't eligible for a rescue because its problems stemmed from fraud that led to the bank's near-collapse. One of the bank's former owners, Robert Tantular, was sentenced in September to four years in prison for fraud.
    Ms. Sri Mulyani said the bailout was legal.
    A former university economics professor and International Monetary Fund senior executive, Ms. Sri Mulyani is respected by many foreign investors for her role in managing Indonesia's economy, which has included efforts to weed out endemic corruption.
    She said she believed the probe was an attempt to discredit her by politicians that oppose her reform agenda, notably leaders of the Golkar Party, including Chairman Aburizal Bakrie, a billionaire businessman and former cabinet member in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first-term administration.
    Ms. Sri Mulyani said tensions between her and Mr. Bakrie date to last year when she opposed the closure of Indonesia's stock exchange amid a run on companies controlled by Mr. Bakrie. Mr. Bakrie, one of whose coal-mining firms accounted for a third of daily turnover on the bourse at the time, ordered the closure, she said.
    Mr. Bakrie, through a spokesman, declined to comment on the closure.
    The finance ministry also last year imposed a travel ban on a number of coal-mining executives, including some from Mr. Bakrie's companies, after a dispute over the refusal of the companies to pay royalties on the sale of coal to the government.
    "Abuizal Bakrie is not happy with me," she said. "I'm not expecting anyone in Golkar will be fair or kind to me" during the probe.
    Mr. Bakrie denied there was any problem between himself and Ms. Sri Mulyani.
    Many analysts say the claim that the bailout was illegal appears to be without merit.
    "Under the circumstances, what Sri Mulyani and Boediono did was to prevent a crisis," said Umar Juoro, chairman of the Center for Information and Development Studies, a Jakarta-based think tank.
    Other government officials involved in the bailout have supported Ms. Sri Mulyani. The head of Indonesia's Deposit Guarantee Agency told an Indonesian magazine, Gatra, last week that the rescue was lawful.
    Some senior Golkar politicians have in recent weeks publicly called for Ms. Sri Mulyani and Mr. Boediono to hand their jobs to deputies while the investigation is under way.
    President Yudhoyono won re-election to a second term this year on a graft-busting platform. Indonesia's natural-resources-powered economy is forecast by private economists to grow by more than 4% this year, a healthy clip compared with many developed economies, but economists question whether that growth will be sustained if the country can't get a handle on corruption -- a major deterrent to foreign investment here, which lags behind India and China.
    Popular dissatisfaction with corruption continues to mount. On Wednesday, students armed with rocks and wooden planks clashed with riot police as more than two dozen rallies involving thousands of protesters broke out as part of annual events designed to mark International Anticorruption Day.
    Any signs of an intensification of efforts to oust Ms. Sri Mulyani would also likely spook foreign investors who have applauded her antigraft drive and management of the budget. Since taking up her job at the finance ministry in 2005, she has overseen a reduction in public debt to 30% of GDP from 60%, making it easier for Indonesia to sell debt to foreign institutional investors, bankers say.
    "There's no way you could fill the credibility gap that would be created by her departure," says David Fernandez, a managing director of J.P. Morgan in Singapore who heads the bank's emerging-Asia research.
    Indonesia is serious about pushing through overhauls to clear up what Mr. Yudhoyono has referred to as a "judicial mafia" of corrupt officials in the courts, attorney general's office and police, Ms. Sri Mulyani said. But she acknowledged that Mr. Yudhoyono's first term was a "honeymoon" for her.
    "I should become more realistic. I'm expecting a nasty battle if I'm going to do the reform," she said.
    Priorities, Ms. Sri Mulyani said, include continuing to clean up her own ministry, where there is still corruption, and catching more tax cheats. Past efforts led by Ms. Sri Mulyani have included a war on graft in the tax office, greatly increasing the nation's tax base, and customs department.
    Write to Tom Wright at tom.wright@wsj.com

     

     

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  • Betul bahwa terjadi perampokan Bank Century, tapi lucu kalau tuduhan itu dialamatkan pada Sri Mulyani  dan Boediono. Kalau saja para aktivis itu mengerti persoalan, maka perhatian harus diarahkan pada  Robert Tantular yang melarikan uang sebanyak Rp 4 T. Sampai sekarang uang itu tidak jelas ada dimana.  Kejadiannya semua sebelum Sri Mulyani dan KSSK memutuskan bailout. Justru bailout menyelamatkan Bank Century dari pembubaran setelah perampokan.

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  • TEMPO: Wimar Witoelar merasa yakin Menteri Keuangan, Sri Mulyani Indrawati tak bersalah dalam kasus Bank Century. Dia mengenal Sri Mulyani bukan hanya sebagai menteri keuangan melainkan juga sebagai kekuatan reformasi pemerintah selama ini.

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  • The Bibit-Chandra case is largely about moral issues  of sincerity and duty versus greed and conspiracy. The Bank Century case is not that simple. It is very technical involving banking  and economic crisis management.  Yet public  euphoria is carrying over energy from the Bibit-Chandra case to the Bank Century Case.  Following the 1.4 million facebook votes in support of Bibit-Chandra, there is a motion of no confidence against the President.  While it is too serious, it would be dangerous to ignore the parallel.  People power is good, but not if it is driven by the greed of politicians and big money from business people who need to ensure their privileges.  The SBY coalition is broad but not deep. Many ostensible SBY supporters  stand to gain from the removal of the two icons of finance, even at the risk of destabilizing the government.

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  • koran SINDO: Orang susah memahami kasus Bank Century kalau tidak mengerti teknik perbankan dan peraturan keuangan negara. Tidak semua orang bisa membedakan deposito dengan reksa dana dan susah mengerti bahwa bank yang jatuh itu seperti rumah kebakaran. Kalau rumah itu berdekatan dengan rumah lain, kebakaran itu mudah menjalar, apalagi kalau udara kering dan mudah menjalarkan api dari satu rumah ke rumah sebelahnya sampai habis satu perkampungan. 

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  • The game dragged on and ended in a scoreless draw .. some chances but no execution.

    Press excerpts from AFP, Financial Times and The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

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  • Masih ingat ciri khas James Bond ketika dia ingin minum martini, dia selalu pesan minumannya shaken, not stirred (dikocok tapi jangan diaduk). Hal ini nampaknya juga berlaku buat kita yang ingin menikmati kopi. Lazimnya memang setelah kita menseduh kopi dengan air panas, secara normal kita langsung ambil sendok dan mulai mengaduk. Menurut Irfan, itu cara yang salah dalam menyajikan kopi.  sarannya jangan mengaduk kopi karena aromanya akan lebih cepat hilang, biarkan ampasnya mengendap perlahan.  Justru proses pencampuran kopi dilakukan dengan cara menuangkan air panas secara berputar ketika kita menyeduh kopinya . Diamkan selama kurang lebih 4 menit, baru setelah itu kita bisa merasakan  kenikmatan cita rasa kopi sejati.

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  • Political analyst Wimar Witoelar said the scandal, if mishandled, had the potential to seriously damage Yudhoyono's presidency just a month into his new term. However he said the president would likely avert further crisis by having the case against the KPK deputies dropped, reforming law enforcement agencies and opening the Bank Century case up to investigation. "The stakes are very high," Witoelar said. "If he deviates from any of those three he will be in deep trouble. Without being dramatic about it we can say he will be greatly diminished."

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  • This piece was written by invitation, but the publication declined to publish it because it was regarded as too controversial. I will not reveal the name of the Jakarta publciation. It was not the Jakarta Post or the Jakarta Globe. It is a bit dated now but I think the concept is still fresh, that Indonesia might be a bird that always rises from ashes. lHave a look and tell me what you find controversial.

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  • For a change of pace before we hear the President's pronouncement at 1:30 pm, read this AREA magazine piece from a recent issue. They come from a weekly column that has run in AREA for the last few years. Similar articles are offered in the books 'A Book About Nothing' and 'More About Nothing' available at Gramedia bookstores. They are in Indonesian.

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  • For a change of pace before we hear the President's pronouncement at 1:30 pm, read this AREA magazine piece from a recent issue. They come from a weekly column that has run in AREA for the last few years. Similar articles are offered in the books 'A Book About Nothing' and 'More About Nothing' available at Gramedia bookstores. They are in Indonesian.

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