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Young faces of graft: Better prevention campaigns needed

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  03:07 pm
Young faces of graft: Better prevention campaigns needed People write notes containing their hopes for the country’s corruption fight during an event held to mark International Anticorruption Day in Malang, East Java. (The Jakarta Post/Aman Rochman)

The youth, many assume, are far less prone to corruption. Yet data of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) show that, as of 2018, 75 people being processed by the commission were 20 to 40 years of age. Those implicated include young regional heads, legislators, civil servants and young entrepreneurs. A recent case saw former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi named suspect for accepting bribes of Rp 26.5 billion (US$1.9 million) from the National Sports Committee (KONI), among others, and earlier Jambi Governor Zumi Zola — a former actor who was barely 36 years old when installed as governor in 2016 — named a suspect charged with bribing local councilors in a bid to have the 2018 provincial budget approved without hassle. In addition, a House of Representatives lawmaker and member of the House budget commission, Wa Ode Nurhayati, was found guilty of accepting...

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