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(From The Jakarta Post)
Members of the West Java legislative council admitted on Monday that they had each received an allowance of Rp 5 million per month from the provincial budget, on top of their Rp 12 million salaries.
In addition, they were also seeking the disbursement of a Rp 120 million severance pay, as their five-year terms as councillors would end next year.
Analysts and activists believe the allowance and severance pay are meant to be used by councillors to campaign for their respective political parties ahead of the 2004 general elections.
The council had repeatedly denied requesting these funds from the 2003-2004 budget. …