BRR truck-buying plan criticized
Saturday, June 17, 2006BANDA ACEH, Aceh: The Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR) is back in the spotlight with a plan to purchase a four-wheel drive pickup truck as an official vehicle for agency head Kuntoro Mangkusubroto.

Activists immediately criticized the plan to purchase a Toyota Hilux, which a source estimated would cost Rp 486 million (US$51.157).

"The plan seems inefficient and a waste of money," said the head of the Aceh-based Anti Corruption Movement, Akhiruddin Mahjudin.

He said the plan showed the agency's insensitivity toward tsunami survivors, many of whom are still living in makeshift tents. "Besides, common cars can now handle roads in the western area, so the plan is difficult to accept," he said.

The agency's spokesman, Mirza Keumala, said the vehicle would make it easier for Kuntoro to travel to places where the roads are still in bad shape. — JP

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