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Jakarta Post

State offices back whistle-blowing

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 4 2010   /  11:23 am

Several government agencies and state companies have pledged to encourage and protect whistle-blowers to improve the effectiveness of their internal audit systems. Finance Ministry Insp. Gen. Hekinus Manao said that a formal whistle-blowing mechanism would boost the effectiveness of the work of internal auditors in unraveling allegations of wrongdoing. "Supporting whistle-blowers will allow internal auditors to identify misconduct, punish perpetrators and contain damage faster," he said at a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) seminar in Jakarta on Tuesday. Every government agency needs to implement several basic practices to encourage effective whistle-blowing, such creating special units to investigate allegations from whistle-blowers, he said. "Protecting whistle-blowers is necessary to make them feel secure and to eliminate their hesitation to file re...