Complaints Over Tsunami Rebuilding Money Funding Security Operations

The Aceh Working Group, an NGO, has criticized the government’s tsunami reconstruction body, known as the Aceh-Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), for allocating funds to security and intelligence operations by the Indonesian military. BRR had earmarked more than Rp 400 billion (about US$44 million) in its 2005 budget for such purposes.

This amount is equivalent to 11 percent of the BRR’s 2005 budget. BRR argues that the spending is necessary to safeguard reconstruction projects (even though Aceh is at peace now), and that much of the money went to reconstruction of barracks and offices for the military and police that were destroyed by the tsunami. But the sums set aside surpass the money allocated to education and children’s empowerment (less than 4 percent of the 2005 BRR budget).

M. Taufiqurrahman, “BRR Slammed for Funding Aceh Military Operations,” Jakarta Post, 14 August 2006.