The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will strive to boost Indonesia's corruption perception index (CPI) level, which has indicated stagnant progress in corruption eradication efforts in the country, the body's commissioner has said.
KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said on Tuesday that one of the main targets of the new KPK leadership was to boost Indonesia's CPI level in the near future.
"As we're already aware, our current CPI level is 34, while Malaysia stands at 50. That's what we want to chase, so hopefully we can achieve a higher CPI level in the near future," Agus said during the soft launch of the new KPK headquarters on Tuesday morning.
According to official data, Indonesia achieved 34 in the latest CPI survey, showing stagnant progress in corruption eradication after it scored 32 in a 2013 survey. Indonesia had a 32 CPI level in 2012.
Agus did not elaborate on steps the KPK would take to achieve its CPI target.
In 2014, Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) listed Indonesia in 107th place out of 175 countries and territories surveyed, showing poor transparency in its governance system. Denmark, with a score of 92, topped TI's 2014 list.
At the inauguration of the new KPK building, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo stressed that he had always supported the commission's antigraft efforts.
'Like all Indonesian people, I put high expectations on the KPK for the creation of a clean government and an Indonesia that is free from corruption,' said the President.
He said all Indonesian people had a common interest of fighting against corruption. 'This is for the sake of all Indonesian people. Indonesia can become a great nation, if we are free from corruption,' said Jokowi.
He added that in recent years, the KPK had managed to win the public's trust.
'KPK leaders and staff must continue to maintain and increase the public trust they have won by continuing to work professionally, intensively and sustainably so the body can help to maintain the honor of the country,' said Jokowi.
'The KPK must be guarded as an independent institution, which is free from any political influences,' he added.
Jokowi further said that the KPK's independence must be advanced through professional, credible, transparent and accountable legal measures. Such an attitude would become an asset for the KPK in facing challenges in the future, he added. (ebf)(+)