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The ID card scam the most sickening of all

  • Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen

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Guimares, Portugal   /   Wed, August 9, 2017   /  01:55 pm
The ID card scam the most sickening of all An officer arranges electronic ID card (e-KTP) at West Jakarta, Thursday, August 3, 2017. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

What is not being corrupted in Indonesia? Case after case emerges from a seemingly bottomless pit. From imports of beef and medical equipment to security and defense, even pilgrimage funds and the procurement of the Quran have been affected by scandals. Not to mention the countless government officials under investigation by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for various graft cases. But why is the electronic ID card a completely different story? And from what perspective can we say that this is the worst form of corruption? Not that we can say there is any good act of corruption, as all corruption is indeed bad. First of all, the e-ID card case involves some officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs and House of Representatives politicians, notably the speaker, Setya Novanto. It is devastating to learn about the quality of the people’s representatives, who were e...

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