Graft-Busting Research Minister Declares an ‘Integrity Zone’
Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta declared war on corruption on Friday, saying that his ministry and its related institutions would be turned into an “integrity zone.”
“This is not just some ceremonial [declaration], but is the starting point for improvements in the future,” Hatta was quoted by state news agency Antara as telling the heads of his ministry’s various departments.
He said the declaration was the realization of the ministry’s commitment to become an entirely corruption-free area.
The transformation into an “integrity zone,” the minister said, will be marked by corruption-prevention programs as part of general bureaucratic reforms and improvements to public services.
Hatta said all of these steps were in line with a 2004 presidential instruction that ordered the bureaucracy to step up their corruption-eradication programs, and last year’s presidential instruction that further outlined suggested steps for preventing corruption.
The Research and Technology Ministry introduced a bureaucratic reform program in 2010, he said. The goal of the program is to improve the performance of the ministry by encouraging good officials who have the integrity to say no to corruption and the ability to serve the public.
Hatta said the process of turning the ministry first into an “integrity zone” and then a “corruption-free area” and finally a “clean bureaucracy that serves” would be overseen by a team of government supervisors. The results will be evaluated by an independent team composed of representatives from the State Administrative Reform Ministry, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Ombudsman office.
As part of the program, he said, the ministry will organize different activities linked to corruption prevention.
These will include training programs to help officials spot and avoid corruption, campaigns to encourage officials to file their wealth reports, the creation of units to weed out illegal gifts for officials and the drafting of a code of ethics for all ministry employees.
In addition, there will be a program to set up a system for accepting reports or complaints from the public.
Running parallel to all of these programs will be efforts to improve the entire institution, its manpower resources, work ethic, supervision and public services.