Comment: Law enforcement corruption persists
Dec. 1, Online
The President says corruption is lingering in the nation’s tax office and law enforcement institutions.
“About 70 percent of our state income passes through the tax sector. Fraud and abuse in the sector will significantly affect development and economic growth,” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his opening speech at the 2010 National Corruption Eradication Conference on Wednesday
“Unfortunately, corruption still exists,” he added.
He also voiced concern over corruption at law enforcement agencies such as the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office.
“Prevent and eradicate corruption practices committed by law enforcement officers! Can you imagine? Law enforcement agencies are supposed to be on the front line — but they themselves have committed the offense.” Yudhoyono said.
Indonesia Corruption Watch activist Emerson Yuntho said Yudhoyono needed to prove his words by taking proactive measures.
“As President, he could do so many things rather than just talking if he is really disappointed in judicial corruption,” Emerson said.
The sad reality is that SBY can’t muscle his way out of the entrenched political forces he’s up against.
We all want to see better days during his leadership, but the mountain is too steep, the ocean too wide.
For him to overcome the existing mafia within the current political ownership of this nation, he would require super-human ability. I don’t know any leader in this world today that has that quality.
SBY has no courage. The corrupt mafia is too strong for him.
This basically sounds to me like SBY is admitting defeat and he is throwing in the towel. I believe SBY is an intelligent man and I do not understand why he is venting like this to the press. SBY — you are the President. Save this country from sliding into the abyss.
Look at eastern Indonesia: Development has gone backwards with people dying of preventable diseases, hunger and starvation.
Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
As a start, why doesn’t the President order the police to have their wealth reports on his desk within one week or they don’t have a job.
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