Indonesian president pays $800 for Metallica gift
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has paid 11m rupiah ($800; £600) to keep a rare Metallica album he received as a gift, to avoid any conflict of interest, local media report.
The signed, limited-edition vinyl box set of Metallica’s Master of Puppets was given to Mr Widodo by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen when he visited in November 2017, the website Kompas reports.
The president – popularly known as Jokowi – is a well-known metalhead and fan of the band. His attendance at rock concerts is part of his appeal to many as a person who mixes with regular people.
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Master of Puppets has sold over 10 million copies and is considered one of Metallica’s most important albums.
After Mr Widodo reported the gift to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), it ruled that the gift belonged to the state as he received it while in office.
The KPK praised his actions, saying that he set an example for other government officials when receiving gifts from their foreign counterparts, news website Detik reported.
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“This is not about the money paid, but consistent awareness of corruption in even the smallest matter,” a spokesman said.
Corruption watchdog Transparency International this week listed Indonesia in 96th place out of 180 countries and territories in its 2017 Corruption Perceptions index.
The watchdog’s Indonesian arm noted that the country still had much to do to reach “average corruption” levels, the Berita Satu website said.
Reporting by Aditi Mallya
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