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World figures champion Indonesia's top leader with integrity

  • Harry Bhaskara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 4 2009   /  11:57 am

Sixty-four years after independence, corruption is still a Goliath, too strong to subdue in Indonesia. If anything, successive governments have only fostered it. The 7-year-old Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has come under attack from government institutions that should have supported it. The future of clean government seems to be in limbo. But this has not dissuaded people with integrity, including top government officials, from fighting back. These people are usually a mute minority, since it has always been a daunting challenge to stay clean within a corrupt system. For developing countries, corruption often boils down to a philosophical question: Can power and clean morality sit side by side? Helie de Pourtales, a prominent French economist, found these two elements in the person of Widjojo Nitisastro. "I have always thought he has shown us that it is possibl...