Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 22:14 WIB

This is What Opens Corruption Opportunity for Beef Import Quota

Vice President Jusuf Kalla (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Beef import quota always leads to legal issue so long there is significant price difference domestically and globally. It is because price discrepancy opens the opportunity for bribery practice to obtain import quota.

“As long as there are two prices and price spread inside and outside [abroad] is high, there is always will amid people to import. Some commodities, like sugar, cows, have quota requirements, that is where people try hence various attempts arise to bribe quota,” Vice President Jusuf “JK” Kalla said, Saturday (1/28/2017).  

Meanwhile, alleged bribery case ensnared Constitution Judge Patrialis Akbar has different context. In this case, bribe was given to expedite judicial review of the Law Number 41 Year 2015 on Livestock and Animal Health in the Constitution Court (MK). 

JK explained in the Law of Livestock currently effective, the government strives to reduce price of beef in Indonesia.

It is because import faucet is not only opened from Australia and New Zealand, but also India. With the opening of import from many countries, it is expected beef price can be cheaper.

“For current law, price may plummet because other countries can import. In old law, it was prohibited, only Australia and New Zealand [were allowed], hence they arbitrarily raised price. So, the law for the government is an attempt to expedite people to import cows hence price can decrease,” JK explained.

Therefore, JK admitted he was confused of Patrialis’ reason in trying to help expedite judicial review for the Law of Livestock and Animal Health which aims to alter requirements for beef import. In fact, the government has attempted to lower beef price in Indonesia by adding import quota and importer countries.

Reported earlier, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Patrialis Akbar a bribery suspect for allegedly receive money worth $20,000 and SGD200,000 from beef importer, Basuki Hariman and his secretary, NG Fenny. (*)