Lavish, Huh?

A coalition of NGOs got together to scrutinize the city budget, concluding that it is too lavish on some points. I agree, there is Rp 1.6 billion set aside for … speech writing? I think presidential speech writing is something necessary, but… on the city level? When was the last time you heard a commanding and heart-rousing speech from a city official? We’d most likely hear a commanding and heart-rousing speech from a student demonstrator, and they do it for free. Not that either speech would be heard by Jakartans in general.But I’m not sure why the NGOs pointed out that equipment for the fire department, at Rp 1 billion, was extravagant. Have they ever seen our pitiful excuse for a fire department? They need all the help they can get.A state budget limit of Rp 12 million for laptops a bit over the top considering that city officials won’t be doing 3D animation or video editing anytime soon, but budget allocations for Rp 35 million laptop? I think someone just has their eye on a nice 17″ MacBook Pro, which would look nice on their desk, be damned if he didn’t have the slightest idea how to use it properly. That’s what the desktop PC next to it is for.When asked about the obvious excess from limits of state budgetary rules, the city official in charge merely said ‘state budget limits do not apply to regional budget decisions’. And this quote is priceless: “.. we have no authority to say whether they are overpriced”. Use your head! The rest of us surely can.On the positive side, at least the public budget can come under scrutiny now. It’s one small step.So, congratulations to Jakartans who have until the end of this month to sign up for their tax number (NPWP). Your future taxes will be well spent, if this is any indication. The question is for whom.

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Failed Musician, Reformed Gadget Freak and Eating Extraordinaire.

4 responses to “Lavish, Huh?”

  1. Heriyadi says :

    Hmm the complaint about budget for fire department is because big part of it is to buy Marching Band equipment. In fire department defend they have to play in Jakarta birthday and they current music equipment already 15 years old.

  2. fonnyta says :

    comenting on this para:"So, congratulations to Jakartans who have until the end of this month to sign up for their tax number (NPWP). Your future taxes will be well spent, if this is any indication. The question is for whom."But don’t u think the campaign went brilliantly tho? Dangling carrot of fiscal absolvement which was lapped up immediately by all. Ironic how this is an indication on how eager Indonesians to get out of the country and spend their money abroad.

  3. Heriyadi says :

    hmm the main reason people make NPWP is they have tax break if they make it this year and lower tax rate too if you have your own NPWP.Next year if you don’t have NPWP when you’re qualify to have one you can be charge as criminal law (pidana) rather than civil law (perdata).Free Fiscal is just a little bonus, you always life a bonus don’t u😀

  4. fonnyta says :

    but do you think the campaign would work as well as it is now should the bonus was not mentioned? Me personally doubt that it would🙂

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