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Jakarta Post

Executive, legislative collusion

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, April 29 2016   /  07:48 am

For the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and other antigraft watchdogs, the much-heralded regional autonomy seems to be a double-edged sword. On one hand it has sped up delivery of public services, thanks to the transfer of authority and a whopping amount of money from the central to local governments. But on the other hand, the development funds entrusted to regional governments, which this year alone account for one third of the state budget, are prone to embezzlement, often quipped as the “decentralization” of corruption.

One glaring example of the swing of the corruption pendulum from Jakarta to the regions is the recent KPK case implicating the political elite in the South Sumatra regency of Musi Banyuasin. On Tuesday the KPK detained six Musi Banyuasin legislative council members after naming them and 10 other local figures graft suspects. The hall of shame includ...