High Hopes for Bali as National Anti-Corruption Symbol
The Bali Times
BALI is being touted as a possible anti-corruption icon by the powerful Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) thanks to initial successes in anti-graft campaigns.
Speaking at an anti-corruption event in Denpasar last week, Dedie Rachim, the KPK’s director of education and service, praised government efforts in Bali, and said that the island stood out nationwide along with the remote, restive province of Papua as a place with anti-corruption potential.
“We have high hopes for Bali and Papua to be successful in eradicating corruption,” he said, adding that he was less positive about prospects in the rest of the country.
“We’re not very optimistic about the other provinces,” he said.
Dedie said that efforts by the Denpasar Municipality and Jembrana regency to establish one-stop public service was admirable, but he urged the provincial government to follow the example.
“It is time for the government of Bali Province to do the same,” said Dedie.
Dedie also criticised the lack of response from government-managed enterprises (BUMD) in Bali to a request to submit their accounts to the anti-corruption body for investigation.
“Only 20 percent of the BUMD in Bali have abided by the regulation. This should be improved,” he said.
Attending the event with Dedie were Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika and other officials.
The provincial administration secretary, Nyoman Yasa, confirmed that anti-corruption zones were being set up in two departments considered prone to graft – the Service and Procurement Unit (UPL) and the Permits Office.
Dedie said that if such measures were successful, Indonesia’s international image would improve and wary foreign investors would be encouraged to put money into the country.
In 2009 Indonesia ranked 111 on the global corruption perception index. The ranking was an improvement on 2008, when the country came in at 126, but it still put Indonesia well behind neighbours Malaysia and Singapore in terms of global perceptions of corruption.
“We have to make more effort to improve the score. We expect every local administration to work together with the KPK to enforce the anti-corruption zones,” Dedie said.
As well as pressuring provincial governments to enforce anti-graft measures and bringing legal cases against corrupt officials, Dedie said that the KPK was working to introduce anti-corruption as an official subject in state schools across the country.
“We are currently training teachers who will deliver the anti-corruption subject,” he said.Filed under: Headlines