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Business must improve integrity in antigraft drive

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 9, 2019   /  09:13 am
Business must improve integrity in antigraft drive Former president director of PT Lippo Cikarang Bartholomeus Toto wearing orange detention vest after a 10-hour questioning with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (kompas.com/Ardito Ramadhan D)

Corruption is always the nemesis of good governance, which all governments require to be able to govern effectively. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” as Lord Acton said, and governance is a matter of the use of power. On Dec. 9 the world marks the annual International Anticorruption Day. In Indonesia, the historical upheaval that reset the nation’s governance in 1998 was brought about a strong desire toward upholding ethical conduct in the management of the country and businesses. While throughout the Reform movement democratization and decentralization were the highlight of the political scene, similar watershed changes occurred in the anticorruption and integrity landscape. Impotent law enforcement, as a result of the compromised integrity of law enforcement agencies — the police and the prosecutors — was ex...

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