President Megawati Soekarnoputri signed on Monday a decree that set the maximum price of a residence for former VVIPs at Rp 20 billion (US$2.22 million).
Article 8 of Law No. 7/1978 stipulates that former presidents and vice presidents are entitled to a residence provided by the state, among other benefits.
Former VVIPs were also entitled to an official car along with a driver, a personal secretary, a pension in accordance with their last position's basic salary and lifetime medical treatment by presidential doctors.
Bambang denied suggestions that the decree's issuance was connected to Megawati's imminent defeat in the runoff...