Jakarta council questions Formula E hosting profit


TEMPO.CO, JakartaChairman of the Jakarta Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), Prasetyo Edi Marsudi, questioned the profit of organizing the Formula E electric car race last June as demanded by the Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) event committee since the financial report was not submitted.

“Is Formula E profitable or not? Please respond,” Prasetyo said during a meeting to discuss Jakarta 2023 budget priorities and ceiling (KUA-PPAS) on Wednesday evening, November 2, 2022.

Prasetyo, who claimed to understand very well the intricacies and the prospect of profits that can be obtained by organizing an international racing activity, urged Jakpro to disclose the audit of the financial statements of the event. “Where is the profit? Please respond,” he remarked.

He doubted the claimed profit as there was a change in the venue of the event from the city center which offered the view of the race from nearby hotels to Ancol. The Monas area had also been redeveloped, ranging from trees to the construction of a square in Medan Merdeka Selatan.

“Frankly, it’s an unprofitable project,” he added.

The chairman of the Jakarta Council’s Budget Council further complained that he was tired of responding to calls from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) because of Formula E. “To be honest, I I’m tired of being called by the KPK. This issue is up to the KPK,” he said.

Reports suggested that KPK had twice summoned Prasetyo as a witness in the alleged Jakarta Formula E bribery case.

Meanwhile, Jakpro Chairman and CEO Widi Amanasto said the financial statements of Formula E are always audited by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). “It could be completed by next month,” he said briefly.


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