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KPK wants authority to investigate private-sector corruption

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 26, 2016   /  11:50 am
KPK wants authority to investigate private-sector corruption On alert -- Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo speaks to journalists at the antigraft body's headquarters in Jakarta recently. (Kompas.com/Kristian Erdianto)

The chair of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called for the commission to be given the authority to investigate corruption in the private sector; its investigation authority is currently limited to cases involving more than Rp 1 billion (US $76,274) and implicating government officials.

KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said 23.79 percent of the 496 corruption cases the antigraft body had handled so far had involved private entities. Corruption cases involving government officials ranked first, accounting for 26.01 percent of the total.

“If we want to carry out a ‘mental revolution’, we need to do go all out. The rate of corrupt practices in the private sectors is also pretty high,” he said during a discussion at the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on Monday.

Agus revealed that the KPK had recently conducted a visiting study to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in Singapore, learning that around 90 percent of CPIB cases related to the private sector, and that the CPIB handled cases involving as little as 10 Singaporean dollars (US$7.36).

“An Indonesian domestic helper was found drunk in a subway station. A security guard demanded that she pay 30 Singaporean dollars in exchange for not reporting her to the police. She only had S$10, which she gave to the guard, who accepted it,” said Agus.

At home, the Indonesian worker told her employee of what had happened. “Her employee reported it to the CPIB and it processed the case,” he said.

The KPK later found from its studies that in Hong Kong, 80 percent of corruption cases involved the private sector while in Malaysia, the proportion of corruption cases involving bureaucrats and private entities was 50-50. (ebf)

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