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Purging corruption key to effective omnibus bill: Experts

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Activists from the #BersihkanIndonesia movement stage a protest against the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives complex in Jakarta on July 9. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Indonesia needs to address corruption to improve public services so that the job creation omnibus bill can bring about the significant changes necessary to attracting investment, experts say. Sonny Keraf, a politician of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and a sustainable development expert, said in a virtual discussion on Tuesday that the government should first get rid of corrupt public officials, including several regional leaders, to streamline the business licensing process. “As long as corruption remains unaddressed, whatever the bill’s content, there will still be problems in economic, environmental and social development,” said Sonny, who was environment minister from 1999 to 2001. “If corruption and corrupt public officials are not [eliminated], the [licensure] process is likely to remain difficult,&rdqu...