Jakarta Globe reported. An
Indonesian lawmaker announced on Friday that a Supreme Audit Agency
(BPK) allegedly implicated six
companies in tax fraud totaling Rp 1.7 trillion ($187 million).
Companies were identified as
follows, Permata Hijau Sawit, Asian Agri Group, Wilmar Nabati Indonesia,
Alfa Kurnia, INJ International and
EMA Majokerto Hospital by a Markus Melkias Mekeng.
Markus Melkias Mekeng, House of
Representatives Commission XI which overseas financial affairs
member said that the companies were identified
following a Supreme Audit Agency (BKP) report.
Mekeng, longtime critic of the tax
authority, said the commission would urge the House to form a
special committee to investigate the
case and demand law enforcement officials thoroughly investigate
the case, which likely involves
officials from the Directorate General of Taxation. He encourages the
house to investigate further to
prosecute the officials from the Directorate General of Taxation who
were allegedly involved in the fraud
“We all know that over the last
three years the tax office has been unable to fulfill its collection target,
and one of the main causes is that their officials may be misusing their
authority for personal interests,”
said the lawmaker, Markus.
It was not Markus’ first time fight
against these tax violators, he started standing his grounds against
them long ago before these new
issues became known, in May 2010, he called the dismissal of two
senior tax officials, including
director general Mochamad Tjiptardjo, for what he called their “poor
performance” in handling cases involving companies Permata Hijau
Sawit, Wilmar and Asian Agri.
The BPK opened an investigation and
began an audit of tax office methods in June following the request
from Mekeng and Commission XI,
specifically asking to look at the cases involving these companies,
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