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Jakarta Post

Regional autonomy a driver for conspiracy, regional corruption

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 27 2008   /  07:42 am

The regional autonomy law, which disburses trillions of rupiah from the state budget to regions, has encouraged many local officials, councilors and businesspeople to conspire to create fictitious projects and procurements to embezzle state money.
A survey conducted over the past year by Transparency International Indonesia (TII) on 10 cities and regencies across the archipelago has found that corruption in procurement projects and regional budget arrangements remains prevalent in most regions.
The survey, released Wednesday in a 194-page report, examined corruption practices in Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan; Wonosobo in Central Java; Pare Pare in South Sulawesi; Tanah Datar in West Sumatra; Yogyakarta; Cilegon in Banten; Denpasar in Bali; Gorontalo; Mataram in West Nusa Tenggara; and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara.
The first five regions are listed...