Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Social Affairs will call the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) leaderships to seek clarification on the accusation of fund embezzlement directed at the humanitarian organization.

Secretary General at the ministry Harry Hikmat stated here on Tuesday that the ministry has the authority to investigate money and goods collection institutions suspected of having conducted a violation.

This authority is based on the Social Affairs Ministerial Regulation Law No. 8 of 2021 on Money and Goods Collection Implementation.

The ministry will call ACT leaderships to a meeting that will be attended by the Inspectorate General team to listen to clarifications on what was reported in mass media, he explained.

The ministry will ascertain whether ACT had violated the regulations that include investigating indications of embezzlement by the managers, he remarked.

The ministry has the authority to provide funds and goods collection implementation permit and to investigate whether there is a problem or suspicion of violation within the scope of money and goods collection (PUB).

Meanwhile, the ministry's Inspectorate General has the authority to investigate suspicion of violations conducted by money and goods collection institutions and freeze their permit until the investigation is completed, Hikmat stated.

In addition, the ministry is authorized to revoke or cancel money and goods collection institutions' permit if they are proven to conduct violation.

This is based on Article 19, letter b of Social Affairs Ministerial Regulation No. 8 of 2021.

An administrative penalty can be imposed on PUB institutions in the form of written warning, suspension to revocation of operating license, as well as criminal penalty if they are proven to violate the law.

Earlier, suspicion of donation fund embezzlement within the organization became a viral topic on social media platforms, including Twitter, after it was reviewed by the national magazine, Tempo.

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