JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Nongovernmental organization Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has found flaws in Indonesia’s fight against Covid-19 nearly six months after the pandemic has virtually brought the country to a standstill.
“Our report indicates that some companies which won tenders to procure health equipment to tackle Covid-19 actually lack experience in the field,” said ICW researcher Siti Juliantari during a virtual discussion on August 12.
“This is unusual as companies experienced in procuring health equipment should be prioritized during [national] emergencies [like the Covid-19 pandemic]. Whether one researched them on the e-catalogue or their record, how did they gain those tenders?”
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Among the examples Tari highlighted are PT Ziya Sunanda Indonesia and CV Johan Agung.
“PT Ziya Sunanda Indonesia usually wins tenders to develop [telecommunications] networks and as contractor, but now they are granted tenders to procure Covid-19 reagents,” she noted.
“CV Johan Agung has experience in supplying offices and libraries for private junior high schools. Now they won a tender to procure masks for the health ministry’s Health Polytechnic branch in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.”
Tari pointed out that the discrepancies do not end there.
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“[The ICW] also highlighted plans to allocate funds for an emergency hospital in Galang Island that was not filled in the public works and public housing ministry’s Information System for General Procurement [SIRUP] and the Electronic Procurement Service [LPSE],” she added.