The Jakarta Post
United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy has said almost all political parties in Indonesia are of the opinion that corruption is their common enemy, thus, they are committed to eliminating corruption together.
In practice, he said, eradicating corruption was not an easy task and, in most cases, this was due to different perceptions among political parties on what defined corruption.
“There is no political party that is not committed to eradicating corruption. The problem is there are different perceptions on what could be defined as corruption when we want to eliminate corruption in various sectors, starting from corruption in permit issuance, basic services, tax, goods and services procurement, the courts and quota management,” he said on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.
Previously, the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal affairs stated different perceptions in conceptualizing corruption could be dangerous for the country’s efforts to combat the crime.
Romy said differing perceptions of corruption could be seen between parties handling the Sumber Waras Hospital case, which involved suspected land procurement irregularities by the Jakarta city administration.
Referring to results of an audit commissioned by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), the politician said there were indications of corruption in the procurement process of the land. However, results of an investigation conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) did not find any irregularities, he went on.
As reported earlier, the KPK investigated the Sumber Waras case based on Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No.40/2014 and National Land Agency (BPN) head Decree No.5/2012, which both pertain to land procurement.
“The widespread assumption among the public has become that there is no assurance that state losses indicated in a financial audit conducted by either the BPK or Development Finance Comptroller [BPKP] is the truth even though the audit’s results say so,” said Romy.
“This could become jurisprudence for corruptors, in which they might think there is a way get around law enforcement,” he went on. (ebf)
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