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Jakarta Post

New customs chief vows to tackle smuggling and graft

  • Esther Samboh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 9 2011   /  08:00 am

The customs and excise office, notorious as one of the most corrupt government institutions, is looking to turn a new leaf under the tenure of its new chief.

Several weeks ago, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo appointed Agung Kuswandono — hailed as one of key corruption eradication figures — the new customs and excise director general.

Critics, however, still question if the 44-year old former customs facility director is capable of waging a tough war against smuggling despite his good track record against graft.

In a recent interview with The Jakarta Post, the new customs and excise chief said eradicating corruption was one of his top priorities in his new role.
Agung Kuswandono: AntaraAgung also elaborated on his efforts to tackle the influx of imported goods and widespread smuggling, fend off political pressure and manage and lead his former mentors and s...