Spokesperson for Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan Opens Voice on NGO Audit Plan

Suara.com – Spokesman for the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Jodi Mahardi emphasized that Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Luhut Binsar Panjaitan’s plan to audit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is an effort to maintain the nation’s economic sovereignty.

According to him, this practice is commonplace at the level of international organizations and part of transparency to the public.

“In democratic countries such as the United States and some countries in Europe, NGOs require regular public disclosure of their relationship with foreign principals, which relates to their activities and functions as a channel of foreign funds,” Jodi told reporters on Thursday (18/18). 11/2021) in Jakarta.

Jodi assessed that transparency is an important aspect, especially for NGOs in Indonesia who receive funds from foreign institutions.

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He explained that NGO activities do not only carry the public interest, but have the potential to carry the interests of the funder.

“Indeed, there is a demand that NGOs be transparent in their operational activities, organizational structure, to the support of the NGO funds. The public also has the right to obtain information about the source and use of NGO funds, especially if the funds are obtained from abroad,” he said.

For information, the Philippine Parliament is currently conducting an investigation into Bloomberg Philanthropies who allegedly disbursed grant funds to the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (BPOM) to fund programs in order to pass anti-tobacco regulations.

The Philippine parliament later ruled that the program was problematic, as it violated a number of regulations related to foreign intervention.

Because this intervention is a threat to state sovereignty because it can affect the government’s authority as a public policy maker.

Also Read: Luhut Wants to Audit NGOs, Greenpeace Indonesia: It’s Not That Easy

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