Setya No­vanto vis­its Mt. Agung evac­uees

The Jakarta Post - - NATIONAL -

JAKARTA: Days af­ter be­ing dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Setya No­vanto vis­ited evac­u­a­tion posts near Mount Agung in Bali on Fri­day.

The Golkar Party chair­man said he wanted to see the im­pact of in­creas­ing ac­tiv­ity at the vol­cano on the Ba­li­nese peo­ple.

“I can feel the ap­pre­hen­sion of the evac­uees. They have had to leave their vil­lages and lost their liveli­hoods,” he said, as quoted by kom­

The politi­cian brought sta­ple food, clean wa­ter and toi­letries for the evac­uees.

Setya, who is im­pli­cated in a high-pro­file graft case sur­round­ing the pro­cure­ment of elec­tronic ID cards, drew con­tro­versy re­cently af­ter re­fus­ing to an­swer sum­monses from the Cor­rup­tion Erad­i­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (KPK), cit­ing poor health.

Many have ac­cused him of fak­ing sick­ness to avoid pros­e­cu­tion. A pho­to­graph of Setya teth­ered to a re­s­pi­ra­tory aid and heart mon­i­tor that cir­cu­lated on­line was widely ridiculed by crit­ics, and satir­i­cal memes based on the photo made the rounds in so­cial me­dia over the week­end.

While he was be­ing treated at the hos­pi­tal, Setya was await­ing a court rul­ing on his pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the KPK’s move to name him a sus­pect in the case at the South Jakarta District Court.

The anti­graft agency failed to ques­tion him un­til the court ruled last month that his nam­ing as a sus­pect by the KPK was il­le­gal.

On Mon­day, Setya also failed to an­swer a court sum­mons to tes­tify in the e-ID case, claim­ing that he had to un­dergo a med­i­cal checkup. — JP

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