With the continued flood of high-profile corruption cases rippling through branches of the government, the spokesman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Saturday that Indonesia’s most successful generation, has been the “corrupter generation.”
“Gayus [Tambunan] and [Muhammad] Nazaruddin are the models for the corrupter generation . . . they are still young, but have billions of Rupiah,” Johan Budi of the KPK said at a seminar on corruption on Saturday.
Graft convicts Gayus and Nazaruddin are both in their early 30s; Gayus thickened his pockets through bribes received from his clients while serving as an official at the tax office, and is now serving 30 years in prison. Former Democratic Party Treasurer Nazaruddin is serving seven years for rigging tenders from various construction projects.
In a stark warning, Johan said that Indonesia’s development funds currently total some Rp 1,937 trillion ($205 billion), but estimated that 30 percent of that sum would not be used for the welfare of the nation, but rather, would find its way into corrupt official’s pockets.
“And I’m sure that amount now might have reached 50 percent,” he said. “When there’s a budget request to be approved by the House of Representatives, there is a fee to pay. When it’s returned back to the ministry and the project is granted to a company, there’s usually a 10 percent cut, and so on.
“So don’t be amazed if there’s a newly constructed road that’s damaged after a year or two, as well as bridges,” Johan added.
At a seminar about the endemic problem of corruption in Indonesia, academic Nace Permana said graft is not only enjoyed as “low risk/ high revenue activity” but has deep roots in the culture of the Indonesian government.
“Even the Religious Affairs Ministry, which should be the last shield to eradicate corruption with moral campaigns, is not free from the practice of corruption,” Nace said. “[Corruption] needs serious and joint efforts to solve it.”