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Smell the whiff of corruption
near you? Tip off the KPK
via SMS to 1575

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recently launched a collaborative initiative in conjunction with 10 cellular network providers in the country with the aim to nip corruption in the bud.

“We want to spread the notion that corruption eradication is not only achieved by apprehending the perpetrators but also by creating a climate to prevent it from happening in the first place,” KPK deputy chairman, Bambang Widjojanto, told reporters on Monday.

The 10 telecommunications providers that have signed the agreement with the KPK are: Axis, Bakrie Telecom, 3, Hutchison CP Telecommunications Indonesia, Indosat, Sampoerna Telekomunikasi, Smart Fren, Smart Telkom, Telkom and XL Axiata.

The collaboration with the providers could increase the country’s efforts to prevent corruption, as cellular phones were now very familiar for almost every citizen in the country, with around 220 million people owning a mobile phone, Bambang said.

“[…] and I appreciate the dedication shown by the cellular service companies by becoming involved in the program. It shows that businesspeople in the private sector can play an important role in abolishing corruption,” he said.

Rahmat Junaedi, a representative for publicly listed Bakrie Telekom, said sending an SMS to the 1575 number would be charged at the same SMS rate operated by each respective operator. “Bakrie Telekom charges Rp 1 per SMS character,” he added.

Operators would charge users who sent text messages to the KPK number in order to avoid people sending trivial or hoax messages, Rahmat said. He added that all messages sent to 1575 would remain confidential.

As per the agreement, operators are not given access to any of the messages sent to 1575. Messages will enter the providers’ servers and be immediately transferred to the KPK server without any human involvement.

“The public does not need to worry about operators seeing or tampering with their messages. We will not disclose the contents [of any message], even to the Communications and Information Ministry,” Rahmat said.

According to the KPK, the identities of complainants will also remain confidential as the complainant is not required to register.

The program also provides a so-called “whistle blower system”, which enables people to report directly to the commission. (fzm)

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