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Interview: Yogyakarta and Surakarta mayors prove good governance sells

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 26 2010   /  09:35 am

In a country rated by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) as this year’s most corrupt among 16 Asia-Pacific states, state officials committed to abstinence from shady deals stand out like shining beacons.

The panel of judges for the 2010 Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award recognized such qualities in Yogyakarta municipal administration under Mayor Herry Zudianto and Surakarta under Mayor Joko Widodo. The pair, judges said, ruled with distinction and were thus named winners of this year’s award. An award ceremony is set to be held on Thursday.

The Jakarta Post’s Arghea Desafti Hapsari talked with the head of the panel of judges for the award, Betti S. Alisjahbana, to get a behind-the-scenes view of the awards.

Question: Why award people with the Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award?

Answer: Here, in the organization, we feel that corruption has b...