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Tax Acrobatic Witness Narrative

November 2006 to December 2012 were six important years in the life of Metta Dharmasaputra, a Tempo journalist from 2001-2012. The same time frame is also an important one for Vincentius Amin Sutanto, a financial professional who has worked for the Asian Agri company, part of the Raja Garuda Mas group of companies, owned by businessman Sukanto Tanoto.

The two men met in late 2006 when Vincent, who was then on the run in Singapore, contacted Metta to share the data he has regarding tax irregularities committed by his office. Vincent was previously the Group Financial Controller of Asian Agri. He is aware of the financial traffic that his company carries out, including the attempts to manipulate transactions, which all result in reducing the amount of tax that the company is supposed to pay to the state.

Vincent himself is not an angel, as he has tried to break into the company money vault, which he publicly admits. However, Vincent's data contributed greatly to the dismantling of tax manipulation practices that resulted in state losses of Rp 1.2 trillion. In December 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that Asian Agri must pay Rp. 2.3 trillion.

This book describes the twists and turns of how Vincent's story as a whistle blower (whistle blower) helped uncover the tax manipulation case, starting from Vincent's first contact with the author of this book, until when Vincent was arrested, tried and convicted on charges of embezzlement of money. Vincent himself became important because he was Tempo's main informant when he raised the report on the tax manipulation from PT Asian Agri.

Tempo's own coverage was not published smoothly. Even when Tempo magazine's coverage had not yet been published, Asian Agri already had a manuscript written by an editor and attacked Tempo's method of reporting at that time. Was anyone involved in this leak? People will guess, even if not get a clear answer to it.

After the publication of Tempo magazine (with the cover title Acrobat Pajak in early January 2007) a group of journalists suddenly questioned the validity of this coverage, especially when it was stated that Metta was also involved in humanitarian efforts to seek financial assistance for Vincent to face life in prison, and for the purposes of hiring a lawyer.

Not only that, a group of lecturers from the Department of Communication, Gadjah Mada University, agreed to take part in a research order, which ultimately blamed Tempo's coverage of Asian Agri. Not to mention the circulation of short message prints from Metta's cellular, so people can find out how Metta communicated with a businessman, who turned out to be Sukanto Tanoto's business rival.

Is this book storytelling fiction? Not. All data contained in this book comes from facts, relevant documents, so that we will find many stories that have never been published in the mass media. The way this book is written is similar to fiction, because it is written in a narrative journalism style, but this is an interesting style to tell a story that is indeed full of twists and turns. This book describes the long battle between the Asian Agri company on the one hand and Tempo and Vincent on the other.

A company with unlimited financial ammunition can do many things to make this case more profitable for the company owned by the Medan-based businessman, from forming public opinion, influencing academics, and influencing journalists in other media. The sharp nails that have gripped a number of government agencies are not impossible as well as the result of their strong lobbying against a number of law enforcement agencies.

This book describes the details of various tense events. This book also actually sets the context from the various incidents that occurred at Vincent's personal level, the struggles within Tempo magazine itself, to the level of fighting between government agencies, the Tax Directorate, the Police and the Prosecutor's Office in responding to this case. Those involved are clearly written in this book.

Maybe it's not an exaggeration if this book is aligned with the care and attention that Bondan Winarno did when writing the book. Bre X: A Block of Gold at the Foot of the Rainbow (1997). However, this book does not fail to highlight the very human side of Vincent's personal life: a person who loves family, a person who is afraid of life in prison, to the point of being afraid of the company's revenge on him.

This rare book is worth reading by journalists, academics, and journalism students to be an example of how an investigative journalistic work is carried out, along with the intricacies of producing it, plus the risks involved. Even the general reader will benefit from this book by knowing what lies behind this case. Maybe not everyone will agree with this Metta book, but let those who are not satisfied write their own book. What is certain is that this book has fully explained the ins and outs of tax manipulation cases, which are the largest in the history of tax handling in Indonesia. (Ignatius Haryanto)

Published in Tempo Magazine, 21 July 2013 {:} {: en}Saksi Kunci_MettaNovember 2006 to December 2012 were six important years in the life of Metta Dharmasaputra, a Tempo journalist from 2001-2012. The same time frame is also an important one for Vincentius Amin Sutanto, a financial professional who has worked for the Asian Agri company, part of the Raja Garuda Mas group of companies, owned by businessman Sukanto Tanoto.

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The two men met in late 2006 when Vincent, who was then on the run in Singapore, contacted Metta to share the data he has regarding tax irregularities committed by his office. Vincent was previously the Group Financial Controller of Asian Agri. He is aware of the financial traffic that his company carries out, including the attempts to manipulate transactions, which all result in reducing the amount of tax that the company is supposed to pay to the state.

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Vincent himself is not an angel, as he has tried to break into the company money vault, which he publicly admits. However, Vincent's data contributed greatly to the dismantling of tax manipulation practices that resulted in state losses of Rp 1.2 trillion. In December 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that Asian Agri must pay Rp. 2.3 trillion.

This book describes the twists and turns of how Vincent's story as a whistle blower (whistle blower) helped uncover the tax manipulation case, starting from Vincent's first contact with the author of this book, until when Vincent was arrested, tried and convicted on charges of embezzlement of money. Vincent himself became important because he was Tempo's main informant when he raised the report on the tax manipulation from PT Asian Agri.

Tempo's own coverage was not published smoothly. Even when Tempo magazine's coverage had not yet been published, Asian Agri already had a manuscript written by an editor and attacked Tempo's method of reporting at that time. Was anyone involved in this leak? People will guess, even if not get a clear answer to it.

After the publication of Tempo magazine (with the cover title? Akrobat Pajak ?? in early January 2007) a group of journalists suddenly questioned the validity of this coverage, especially when it was said that Metta was also involved in? Humanitarian efforts? to seek financial assistance for Vincent to face life in prison, and for the purposes of hiring a lawyer.

Not only that, a group of lecturers from the Department of Communication, Gadjah Mada University, agreed to take part in a research order, which ultimately blamed Tempo's coverage of Asian Agri. Not to mention the circulation of short message prints from Metta's cellular, so people can find out how Metta communicated with a businessman, who turned out to be Sukanto Tanoto's business rival.

Is this book storytelling fiction? Not. All data contained in this book comes from facts, relevant documents, so that we will find many stories that have never been published in the mass media. The way this book is written is similar to fiction, because it is written in a narrative journalism style, but this is an interesting style to tell a story that is indeed full of twists and turns. This book describes the long battle between the Asian Agri company on the one hand and Tempo and Vincent on the other.

A company with unlimited financial ammunition can do many things to make this case more profitable for the company owned by the Medan-based businessman, from forming public opinion, influencing academics, and influencing journalists in other media. The sharp nails that have gripped a number of government agencies are not impossible as well as the result of their strong lobbying against a number of law enforcement agencies.

This book describes the details of various tense events. This book also actually describes the context of various good events that occurred at Vincent's personal level ,? struggles within Tempo magazine itself, to the level of fighting between government agencies? Tax Directorate, Police and Attorney General's Office? in response to this case. Those involved are clearly written in this book.

Maybe it's not an exaggeration if this book is aligned with the care and attention that Bondan Winarno did when writing the book. Bre X: A Block of Gold at the Foot of the Rainbow (1997). However, this book does not fail to highlight the very human side of Vincent's personal life: a person who loves family, a person who is afraid of life in prison, to the point of being afraid of the company's revenge on him.

This rare book is worth reading by journalists, academics, and journalism students to be an example of how an investigative journalistic work is carried out, along with the intricacies of producing it, plus the risks involved. Even the general reader will benefit from this book by knowing what lies behind this case. Maybe not everyone will agree with this Metta book, but let those who are not satisfied write their own book. What is certain is that this book has fully explained the ins and outs of tax manipulation cases, which are the largest in the history of tax handling in Indonesia. ? (Ignatius Haryanto)

Published in Tempo Magazine, 21 July 2013 {:}

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