Yesterday, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani (47) resigned from her cabinet post to accept a job as Managing Director of the World Bank starting 1 June 2010.
Later that day, President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) proudly announced that he has accepted Sri Mulyani's resignation so that she can take the prestigious international position.
This is a dramatic development of the Bank Century bailout case, in which the Parliament has blamed Sri Mulyani and Vice President Boediono responsible for the flow of 6.7 trillion Rupiah state money to save the bank.
Sri Mulyani's resignation has made most people in Indonesia aware that all the mambo jambo made by politicians in the Parliament (DPR) were only political maneuvers based on their own selfish motives.
In this regards, I would like to quote an article in The Jakarta Post (below) about who will benefit from Sri Mulyani's resignation :
1. Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie. Mulyani said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in mid
January, she believed her past actions had offended Aburizal.
2. Former tax chief Hadi Purnomo (now chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency). Hadi remains an influential
figure at the tax office with numerous disciples despite being sacked by Mulyani in mid 2006. Hadi was
reportedly furious over his dismissal.
3. Smugglers. A business group close with the police and military may have financed street rallies against
Mulyani after its illicit businesses were interrupted by Mulyani’s reform program.
4. Islamic parties (PKS, PAN, PPP). Several lawmakers were reportedly resented Mulyani’s refusal to
contribute to the recent general election.
5. Mining companies: because of tax problems related to unpaid value-added tax.
6. Companies linked to SBY’s inner-circle: Several companies have been netted by Mulyani in tax dodging
With Sri Mulyani's departure, Indonesia and the Indonesian people loose a very brave non particant leader who is a reformist, a seer of vision, and miner of truth, incomparable to all those politicians at the DPR who have been fooling around with her in the last 8 months.
Last but not least I would like to wish that Sri Mulyani will be successful with her new job, and I hope that she would want to return to Indonesia before the next national elections in 2014 so that Indonesia can have a much better hope for the future.