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Indonesia's anti-money laundering efforts still ineffective: study

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, December 19, 2017 | 08:30 pm
Indonesia's anti-money laundering efforts still ineffective: study Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) chairman Kiagus Ahmad Badaruddin (center) talks to the media after the launch of PPATK's 2017 Public Perception Index on Money Laundering and Terrorism Funding on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Jakarta. (JP/Kharishar Kahfi)

The government has yet to show significant progress in preventing and eradicating money laundering and terrorism funding in recent years, a survey said.

The Financial Transaction Report and Analysis Center (PPATK) released on Tuesday the 2017 Public Perception Index on Money Laundering and Terrorism Funding, which found that Indonesia scored 5.31 this year, increasing slightly from 5.21 in 2016.

The index uses a scale from zero to 10, with 10 reflecting excellent preventive and eradication efforts.

According to the study, the Indonesian public has a "moderate" understanding of money laundering and terrorism funding, scoring 5.76 and 4.92 in the categories, respectively.

"This means that [the people] know the definition of such practices and would probably report anyone caught committing these crimes. This can help the prevention campaign of law enforcers,” Ali Said, an official from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), said during the survey’s launch.

Legal scholar Ningrum Natasya Sirait urged the PPATK and other law enforcement institutions to step up their anti-money laundering campaigns.

“The PPATK, for example, could choose a state official who has complied with money laundering prevention measures as an ambassador for the campaign. This task, however, might be the hardest, as we have yet to find any public figure across the country who fits the bill," Ningrum said.

Related institutions, such as the PPATK, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police, should work better together to support their fight against money laundering, she added. (ipa)

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