Corruption allegations against Bank Indonesia governor Burhanuddin Abdullah.
The governor of Bank Indonesia (BI) Burhanuddin Abdullah has recently come under investigation by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for alleged misappropriation of BI funds, along with two other BI officials, Legal Affairs Director Oey Hoeng/Hoey Tiong and the former head of the Communication Bureau Rusli Simanjuntak.
KPK investigators allege that Burhanuddin was involved with the illegal transfer of 31 billion rupiah (around $3.4 million) of funds from the BI Banking Development Foundation, as a payoff to certain House of Representatives members, during deliberations on a revision of the Law on Finance in 2004.
Of the case money market figure Yanuar Rizki worries that foreign investors will lose what confidence they might have in the Indonesian investment scene.
This is clearly going to affect the perceptions of foreign investors.
In most countries central banks are clearly separate from ordinary political interests and goings-on, Yanuar says, but in Indonesia
The central bank can be politicised.
The Indonesian money market was plagued by highly speculative movements of funds, and the lack of confidence in the central bank that the Burhanuddin Abdullah corruption case would add to, would only strengthen the speculative tendencies of investors, he said. antara
Others however still have confidence in Burhanuddin Abdullah to lead the bank. Aviliani, a member of the Forum Masyarakat Statistik, says Burhanuddin has done a good job steering the Bank Indonesia ship and if Indonesia is to face a global recession in 2008 it needs the trustworthy and experienced hands of Abdullah at the helm still.