Today’s Bomb

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Gue cuma mau nge-share aja berita sepagian ini yang udah bikin orang-orang pada heboh. Gue mantau ini di Twitter. Trust me, it’s fuckin hot in here. Fufufu XD

Jadi, pagi ini tanggal 11 Maret 2011, surat kabar The Age di Australia bikin headline berjudul: Yudhoyono ‘abused power’. Sumber beritanya dari Wikileaks. Wikileaks membongkar keterlibatan SBY dalam kasus korupsi, diantaranya tentang aliran Bank Century yang ternyata masuk saku SBY juga buat dana kampanye. Isinya cukup ngagetin yah, bagi orang-orang yang selama ini emang belum dapet berita-berita negatif tentang SBY di balik citranya sebagai ‘orang baik’ itu. Dan nggak cuma SBY loh, Jusuf Kalla juga diberitain nyuap sebanyak jutaan dollar demi jadi Ketua Umum Partai Golkar waktu itu. Sumber informasi surat diplomatik yg dibocorin Wikileaks dan dimuat The Age ini adalah TB Silalahi.

Buat lebih jelasnya, gue copy-paste aja ya beritanya dari sitenya The Age.

SECRET US diplomatic cables have implicated Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in substantial corruption and abuse of power, puncturing his reputation as a political cleanskin and reformer.

The cables say Mr Yudhoyono has personally intervened to influence prosecutors and judges to protect corrupt political figures and pressure his adversaries, while using the Indonesian intelligence service to spy on political rivals and, at least once, a senior minister in his own government.

They also detail how Mr Yudhoyono’s former vice-president reportedly paid millions of dollars to buy control of Indonesia’s largest political party, and accuse the President’s wife and her family of seeking to enrich themselves through their political connections.

The revelations come as Indonesian Vice-President Boediono visits Canberra today for talks with acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and discussions with officials on administrative change to reform Indonesia’s corrupt bureaucracy.

The US diplomatic reports — obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age — say that soon after becoming President in 2004, Mr Yudhoyono intervened in the case of Taufik Kiemas, the husband of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Mr Taufik reportedly had used his continuing control of his wife’s Indonesian Democratic Party, then the second largest party in Indonesia’s Parliament, to broker protection from prosecution for what the US diplomats described as “legendary corruption during his wife’s tenure”.

In December 2004, the US embassy in Jakarta reported that one of its most valued political informants, senior presidential adviser T.B. Silalahi, had advised that then assistant attorney-general Hendarman Supandji, who was leading the new government’s anti-corruption campaign, had gathered “sufficient evidence of the corruption of former first gentleman Taufik Kiemas to warrant Taufik’s arrest”.

But Mr Silalhi, one of Mr Yudhoyono’s closest political confidants, told the US embassy the President “had personally instructed Hendarman not to pursue a case against Taufik”.

No legal proceedings were brought against Mr Taufik, an influential political figure who now serves as speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly, a largely ceremonial body representing members of parliament.

The US embassy also reported that then vice-president Jusuf Kalla allegedly paid “enormous bribes” to win the chairmanship of Golkar, Indonesia’s largest party, during a December 2004 party congress.

The President’s wife and relatives feature prominently in the US embassy’s political reporting, with American diplomats highlighting efforts of the President’s family “particularly first lady Kristiani Herawati to profit financially from its political position”. As early as 2006 the embassy commented to Washington that “first lady Kristiani Herawati is increasingly seeking to profit personally by acting as a broker or facilitator for business ventures.Numerous contacts also tell us that Kristiani’s family members have begun establishing companies in order to commercialise their family’s influence.”

Highlighting the first lady’s behind-the-scenes-influence, the embassy described her as “a cabinet of one” and “the President’s undisputed top adviser”.

Other leaked cables indicate Mr Yudhoyono has used the Indonesian State Intelligence Agency (BIN) to spy on his political allies and opponents.

According to a senior Indonesian intelligence officer, Mr Yudhoyono directed BIN chief Syamsir Siregar to instruct his officers to conduct surveillance on one of the most senior cabinet ministers, State Secretary Yusril Mahendra, while he made a secret trip to Singapore to meet Chinese businessmen.

The President also reportedly tasked BIN to spy on rival presidential candidates. Mr Silalah told US diplomats Mr Yudhoyono “shared the most sensitive BIN reporting on political matters only with himself and Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi”.

Although Mr Yudhoyono won a big victory in the 2009 election, US envoys quickly concluded he was running out of political puff. After political controversies through late 2009 and into last year led to his popularity taking a sharp fall, the embassy said the President was increasingly “paralysed”. “Unwilling to risk alienating segments of the Parliament, media, bureaucracy and civil society, Yudhoyono has slowed reforms,” it said.

Bagian yang gue anggep penting udah gue cetak tebel. Dan kalo lo liat seberapa banyak kalimat yang udah gue tebelin, artinya ini artikel udah straight to the point banget lah gue kira. Muka asli surat kabarnya bisa diliat di sini. Online site-nya di sini.

Walhasil, pihak istana langsung panik abis, sibuk bikin denials. Yang katanya berita The Age sampah lah, nggak tau itu kabar mungut dimana lah, blahblahblah. Belum lagi yang pada sibuk jilat sana-sini. Dan yang gue heran, bahkan TB Silalahi pun ikutan ngelak! Katanya tuduhan The Age itu sesat. Gue baca disini.

Tapi yang jelas, dari semua kejadian yang ada -bukan cuma berita SBY barusan ini aja- gue makin respect sama @benny_israel, si akun anonim yang ngebuka banyak rahasia negara itu. So far he’s so right. Although we all still don’t have any idea who he is, but for me, the most important thing is what he has brought to us.

Dan gue berharap, @benny_israel bakalan tetep bertahan sampai misi yang dia bawa tercapai. Misi apa itu? Kalo dari pandangan gue sih, misi biar Indonesia bebas dari jeratan mafia hukum, bebas korupsi, dan pada akhirnya melakukan reformasi yang sebenarnya. Soalnya nih, beberapa akun anonim di Twitter yang isi TL-nya sensitif banget, senada sama @benny_israel gitu lah, udah di-hack aja gitu. Dengan kata lain, dibungkam. Kayak misalnya @arma1da, @kopiganja, dan mungkin banyak lagi yang lain yang gue belum tau. Kalau mau yang lebih jelasnya silakan ubek-ubek Twitter aja deh ya.

All in all, gue selalu berharap biar negara kita tercinta ini bisa semakin membaik. Dan untuk itu, gue juga berusaha ngelakuin hal-hal yang sekiranya gue mampu lakuin. Meskipun nggak cukup banyak…

Finally, VIVA INDONESIA!

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