President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that budget misappropriation and collusion were still rampant among bureaucrats across the nation, suggesting that the country’s anti-corruption bodies could do better.
“I have concluded that Indonesia’s corruption eradication efforts have had a real impact, for example, the climate of zero-tolerance of corruption has begun to emerge but I am not yet satisfied. Indonesia is not yet satisfied. We must work more persistently to establish a clean bureaucracy,” Yudhoyono said upon welcoming representatives of the International Conference on Principles for Anti Corruption Agencies (ACA) at the State Palace.
“We have never-ending goals, an unfinished agenda, because corruption eradication will last forever,” he added.
The conference took place in Jakarta on Monday, attended by leaders of antigraft bodies from 38 countries.
Yudhoyono underscored four areas where he said corruption was still rampant.
First, corruption surrounding procurement processes. “Mark-ups are still rampant, according to the findings of the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] and auditing agencies,” he said.
Second, corruption surrounding the processes to obtain operating licenses, which he said was rampant due to the regional autonomy implemented since 2001.
“Third, collusion involving government lawmakers in the budgeting processes is still a common phenomena from the central down to regional administrations,” he said.
Fourth was corruption in the taxation sector.
Also present at the meeting with the President were KPK chairman Abraham Samad, KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto, Attorney General Basrief Arief, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi and Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo.
A number of representatives from the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also attended the meeting.