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BPS index shows Indonesians' tolerance increasing for petty corruption

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 18, 2020   /  09:54 am
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A Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seal secures the office of General Elections Commission (KPU) member Wahyu Setiawan after KPK investigators finished their search on Jan. 9.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Pollsters and experts say that Indonesians are growing more permissive toward petty corruption and fear that this attitude could serve as motivation for committing an act of major corruption. The trend is reflected in the latest corruption perception index from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), an annual index that describes Indonesians' level of tolerance toward practices that could lead to petty corruption. This year's index has given a score of 3.68, a decline from 3.8 on last year’s index. The index uses a scale of zero to 5, with lower scores indicating high public tolerance for petty corruption, like charging illicit fees for public services. Higher scores indicate low public tolerance for petty corruption. The 2020 index interviewed a randomized sample of ...