TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The National Agency for Research and Innovation (STRAND) recently announced a renovation plan that sparked public outrage after the agency designed a Rs 6 billion renovation for office space to accommodate 9 of its board members at its headquarters , one of them being the president of the PDIP, Megawati Soekarnoputri.
“None of this came from the steering committee’s suggestions, it’s purely our initiatives, given their needs. Because on average our steering committee is drawn from the older generation,” BRIN spokesperson Driszal Friyantoni said on Sunday, July 17.
This renovation plan became a viral talking point on public social platforms after a screenshot of BRIN’s e-procurement service was shared by watchdog @brinwatch and tweeted on Friday last week. .
Tempo accessed the lpse.brin.go.id page on Saturday July 16, 2022 and the tender information is still available. In the document, the tender for the renovation of the BRIN Steering Committee workspace began on May 27, 2022.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated 10 BRIN Steering Committees on October 13, 2021. Among them are Megawati who is now 75; Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati who is 59 years old; and the head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa, 67.
Then Sudhamek Agoeng Waspodo Sunyoto as secretary. The founder of Garuda Food and member of the steering committee of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) is 66 years old. The eldest is Emil Salim, the agency’s economist who was a former minister of state during Soeharto’s three-decade rule and is now 92.
“Professor Emil, Bambang Kesowo, they are all quite old, and we don’t have the heart if we don’t provide such desks. And that’s our reason to renovate [the BRIN office rooms]Driszal said.
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