Presidential Decree Will Tackle Graft
The Indonesian government has signaled it may be finally getting around to cracking down on corruption, despite its modest goals and its poor record of honoring previous commitments.
Yopie Hidayat, a spokesman for Vice President Boediono, said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was planning to issue a presidential decree next month on corruption prevention and eradication.
“It represents a strong will to combat corruption effectively at all levels and formulate a clear written set of instructions that should be obeyed by all ministries and other government institutions,” he said on Wednesday.
Yopie said the government hoped to improve its score on Transparency International’s corruption perception index from 2.8 now to 3 by the end of the year and 4.8 by 2014. The index is on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 signifies deeply corrupt.
Yopie also said the new decree was an important step because Indonesia was in the process of ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
“This decree is also a continuation of the previous 2004 decree on the acceleration of corruption eradication,” he said.
He added the decree was expected to contain an action plan detailing 40 points, but this figure could still change.
Yudhoyono has often stated his commitment to combating corruption, though most analysts believe the fight against pervasive graft has stalled since he was re-elected in 2009.
Leaked US diplomatic cables allege that members of the president’s family have attempted to “profit financially from [their] political position.” The palace and the president have denied the allegations.