Govt`s commitment to combatting corruption remains unchanged

Jakarta (Antara News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono affirmed that the government`s commitment to combatting corruption and all its respects, at central government level down to regional administration level would continue.

"The head of state put emphasis on continued efforts to root out corruption in the country," Chairman of the Indonesia`s International Transparency Council (ITC) Todung Mulya Lubis said after reporting the results of a survey of the Indonesian Corruption Perception Index here on Wednesday.

The elucidation of the survey results was attended by President Yudhoyono and some cabinet ministers such as Political, Legal and Security Affairs Coordinating Minister Widodo, Attorney General Abdurrahman Saleh, chairman of the anti corruption task force Hendarman, Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin and National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto.

In the survey, interaction between corruption and bribe was much found in many government agencies especially in vertical institutions.

In fact, he further said, internal supervision is still carried out, but the culture of corruption seemed already to have been instutionalized.

Therefore, ITC asked the president to be terse and get involved in making all-out reforms in the bureaucracy and legal enforcement agencies such as judicial institutions, prosecution offices and the police.

"It is impossible that the eradication of corruption could be achieved without a clean bureaucracy and legal enforcement institutions," Todung said.

The president himself, he added, has once expressed an idea to establish a special school or three-month course for governors, district heads and mayors in a bid to make them better understand the concept of good governance.

"This is a good idea which requires much support. However ITC is ready to help the government formulate the curriculum," he cited.

The survey was conducted in October through December 2006 with the involvement of around 1,760 business players from 32 provinces, most of whom were ready to become respondents.

Business players saw there was a rise in the commitment of regional leaders to combat corruption, but its implemention was clogged in the field, the survey said.

In addition, the survey also showed that vertical institutions like the police, judicial institutions, taxation, the national land agency, immigration, customs and excise, were not in support of corruption eradication.

Those respondents reported that judicial institutions were reportedly mostly involved in corrupt practices, and at a rate of 100 pct in receiving bribes, followed by customs and excise with a rate of 95 percent, immigration 90 percent,the national land agency 84 percent, the police 78 percent and tax 76 percent.

The result of the survey also said that about 11 percent of foreign businessmen was reportedly the most active in giving bribes compared to their local counterparts.

The president himself admitted that even the government`s commitment to combatting corruption was quite strong, but implemention in the field is far from expectations, Todung said. (*)
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