President: Do not belittle corruption prevention efforts
Wed, December 1 2010 18:29 | 718 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State officials, especially governors, district heads, and mayors along with their staffs, should not belittle corruption prevention efforts, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.
Speaking at a function to open the National Conference on Corruption Eradication (KNPK 2010) here on Wednesday, President Yudhoyono called on the governors, district heads not to underestimate corruption prevention efforts in the form of conferences, counseling, and familiarization.
"I am concerned that our efforts to keep state officials from eway from corrupt practices through conferences, counseling, and education are regarded unimportant," the president said.
The head of state expressed his apprehension following rampant irregularities and corruption in bureaucracies at provincial and regional levels.
"Corruption at provincial and regional government levels has become a phenomenon judging by the increasing number of officials who are prosecuted for graft. Sometimes it is considered trivial but it is still corruption," the president said.
Consequently, the head of state called on all state officials not to belittle the familiarization or training on corruption prevention efforts and transparency in government policy because it was of great importance for the smoothness of government activities.
The president admitted that the government would suffer loss if the governor or district head and mayor had to undergo corruption-related questioning or legal process.
"So our determination is that the intensive and aggressive corruption eradication efforts should go on," President Yudhoyono said.
The one-day National Conference on Corruption Eradication (KNPK) was initiated by the KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission).
Around 400 people, including representatives of 97 institutions, and 57 media organizations participated in the conference to discuss measures to prevent corruption in state-owned companies (BUMNs).
The head of state on the occasion asked KPK to monitor the implementation of procurement of goods and services in the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI).
KPK had so far mostly handled irregularities in the procurement of goods and services with regional or state budget funds. Eighty percent of the total cases handled by KPK in 2006 were cases of corruption in the spending of budget funds for procurement of goods or services.
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