Category Archives: Good Governance

Lap of luxury: Indonesian jailers busted over fancy cells

Yahoo – AFP, 23 July 2018

Outside authorities found several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot
showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers

Inmates at an Indonesian prison paid for luxury cells equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private washrooms, anti-graft officials said, in the graft-riddled country's latest corruption scandal.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them temporarily leave prison, Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said.

Anti-graft agents arrested five people connected to the scandal at Sukamiskin prison, including inmates and the warden who got cash and a pair of vehicles to look the other way, it added.

A raid on Sunday turned up several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers, the KPK said.

"We apologise to the Indonesian people," Sri Puguh Budi Utami, the director general of Indonesia's prisons, told reporters late Sunday.

"We're very sorry that we still have not been able to maximise our monitoring systems."

A former tax official now serving time at Sukamiskin was once photographed watching a tennis tournament in Bali and had even travelled overseas on a fake passport when he was supposed to be in another jail.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from
 inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them 
temporarily leave prison

The prison's other inmates include a former chief justice and ex-house speaker Setya Novanto, who was convicted in April of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes linked to the national roll-out of government ID cards.

They were not among the inmates or prison staff arrested Sunday.

Indonesian prisons are more commonly known for their poor conditions and outbreaks of violence.

But it is an open secret that the rich and powerful can buy luxury on the inside, prompting the government to warn last year that it would jail guards or other staff caught taking bribes from inmates in exchange for special treatment.

In one of the highest-profile cases, a businesswoman imprisoned for bribery had a cell with a spring mattress, couch, refrigerator, television and air conditioning -- and adjoining karaoke room.

Sri Mulyani Receives Best Minister Award During World Government Summit in Dubai

Jakarta Globe, February 11, 2018

(Reuters Photo/Christopher Pike)

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati received the Best Minister Award from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, during the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday (11/02). The award was given to recognize outstanding government ministers for their exceptional efforts in implementing successful reform. 

Indonesian ruling party to hold congress following revelation of corruption among senior officials


English.news.cn,by Abu Hanifah, 2011-07-21

JAKARTA,July 21 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian ruling political party, the Democrat Party, isscheduled to hold a two-day national congress Saturday following a high-profilecorruption allegation that implicating senior officials at the party asconfessed by the party's sacked treasurer to the media recently.

Allegationon the implication of Anas and several senior officials at the party in ahigh-profile corruption case rife in national media following the confession offormer party's treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin about it was televised nationwiderecently.

Nazaruddin,who is still at large after being declared a suspect in the corruption casethat was said masterminded by Anas, said Anas bought the votes from the party'scadres that made him seized the chairmanship in the party's congress heldNovember last year.

Nazaruddinalso said that the money used to buy the votes came from bribes provided bycontractors who were just awarded contracts to build national sport facilitiesin Bogor, West Java and dormitory building projects for the athletes contendingin the upcoming regional sport event of SEA Games scheduled in Jakarta andPalembang.

In thetestimony aired by local TV station MetroTV in the last two days, Nazaruddinsaid from his hideout that part of the money provided to buy the votes wasretrieved from the state budget funds.

Nazaruddinhas been declared a suspect by the country's anti-corruption commission forfixing all the project contracts to those contractors. He was suspected ofreceiving 13 percent of commission fee from total SEA Games athletes dormitoryproject that worth 200 billion rupiah (about 23 million U.S. dollars)

IndonesianPresident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Democrat party's patron figure, hassummoned Anas and several party's senior officials regarding Nazaruddinconfession on Wednesday.
Butnone of them was willing to disclose the content of the meeting with thepresident who secured two maximum presidency periods with landslide votes in2004 and 2009 elections.
Discourseon possible chairmanship replacement in the upcoming congress rife in nationalmedia as an effort to save the party's image before running in 2014 elections.
Theparty would no longer nominate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he had hismaximum two presidency terms. The party has yet to find the correct figure tobe nominated as its presidential candidate in the elections.
TheDemocrat party was initially established to usher Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, aretired army general, to seize presidency.
Theparty gained massive votes in the last two elections, dominating the seats inthe parliament that assuring adequate backup to the president's policies inrunning the country.
Apolitical expert, Syamsuddin Haris, said earlier that the current high-profilecorruption scandal make the party risk losing significant votes in 2014election.
Hesaid that the corruption scandal has eroded the public's trust on PresidentYudhoyono's party that strongly voiced anti- corruption drive during theelection campaign.
Editor: Xiong Tong

Law Enforcers Sign Whistle-Blower Protection Agreement

Jakarta Globe, UlmaHaryanto, July 19, 2011

Agus Condro, the whistleblower in the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia
bribery scandal. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)  
   
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Topofficials from Indonesian law enforcement institutions gathered at the AryadutaHotel in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to sign an agreement granting protection towhistle-blowers as an integral part in the fight against crime.

"Thisagreement is a joint commitment of law enforcement institutions to provideprotection to whistle-blowers as justice collaborators," said Abdul Haris,chairman of the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).

He wasjoined at the signing by Supreme Court Chief Justice Harifin A. Tumpa, JudicialMafia Eradication Work Unit chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Coordinating Ministerfor Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, National Police ChiefTimur Pradopo, Justice and Human Rights minister Patrialis Akbar, AttorneyGeneral Basrief Arief, and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairmanBusyro Muqoddas.

Protectionfor whistle-blowers, Haris said, was important in revealing corruption andother serious or organized crimes.

JudicialMafia Eradication Task Force secretary Denny Indrayana added that his team,together with the LPSK, had pushed for a revision of the 2006 Law on Witnessand Victim Protection.

"Throughthe joint agreement and international seminar we hope to have helped lawenforcement officials understand the issues and speed up the revisionprocess," Denny said.

It isunclear if the new agreement would affect the sentencing of the whistle-blowerin the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia bribery scandal.

The man whowent public with the case, Agus Condro Prayitno, a former lawmaker from theIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), is serving a 15-month jailsentence for accepting a bribe in exchange for voting for Miranda as a BankIndonesia deputy governor in 2004.

KPK, Surabaya administration promote anti-graft mentality through Integrity Fair

InaParlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 07/16/2011

TheCorruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Surabaya municipality organizedthe latest Integrity Fair as a means of promoting anti-corruption behavior.

The two-dayevent titled “Creating Integrity in Surabaya” held at Taman Surya, City Hall,opened today.

“We hopethe event can promote the importance of integrity and challenge officials toimprove the quality of public service,” KPK deputy chief Bibit Samad Riantosaid Saturday.

The eventalso offers anti-corruption games for children to reinforce values at an earlyage.

“It isimportant to raise awareness and understanding of not tolerating corruptionfrom an early age,” said Bibit. “We can teach them integrity from children’s’games and stories.”

TheIntegrity Fair is a part of the KPK’s 2011 corruption prevention program. Asimilar event is currently being held in Bandung, West Java, after also beingheld in Palembang, South Sumatra and Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Yudhoyono Admits Indonesia’s Biggest Challenge Is Corruption

Jakarta Globe, Kinanti Pinta Karana, June 15, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sits down with CNN's
Andrew Stevens in an interview to be broadcast on CNN's
Talk Asia program. (Photo Source: CNN)

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted that corruption is Indonesia's biggest challenge. He made the statement in an interview with CNN's Andrew Stevens which will be broadcast on CNN's Talk Asia on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.

“Corruption is indeed our biggest challenge, my biggest challenge – I have to be frank on that,” Yudhoyono said, noting that Indonesia has launched the most aggressive anti-corruption campaign in the country's history since he took office in 2004.

“And the results show for themselves. About 150 senior officials have faced the law, and some of them have been convicted and sent to jail. And there’s now a big movement in our society against corruption,” he said.

Responding to Yudhoyono's statement, Emerson Yuntho from the Indonesian Corruption Watch reminded that Transparency International still rates Indonesia quite poorly on its corruption index.

"We have to remember that Indonesia's corruption index is still alarming because the government has not given maximum support to fight corruption," Emerson said.

"There is still a chance for SBY [Yudhoyono] to improve the fight against corruption by being firm. If a leader is firm in his attitude towards corruption, then the rest [of the state officials] will follow."

Talk Asia is CNN's weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.


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Yudhoyono Admits Indonesia’s Biggest Challenge Is Corruption

Jakarta Globe, Kinanti Pinta Karana, June 15, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sits down with CNN’s
Andrew Stevens in an interview to be broadcast on CNN’s
Talk Asia program. (Photo Source: CNN)

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted that corruption is Indonesia’s biggest challenge. He made the statement in an interview with CNN’s Andrew Stevens which will be broadcast on CNN’s Talk Asia on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.
“Corruption is indeed our biggest challenge, my biggest challenge – I have to be frank on that,” Yudhoyono said, noting that Indonesia has launched the most aggressive anti-corruption campaign in the country’s history since he took office in 2004.
“And the results show for themselves. About 150 senior officials have faced the law, and some of them have been convicted and sent to jail. And there’s now a big movement in our society against corruption,” he said.
Responding to Yudhoyono’s statement, Emerson Yuntho from the Indonesian Corruption Watch reminded that Transparency International still rates Indonesia quite poorly on its corruption index.
“We have to remember that Indonesia’s corruption index is still alarming because the government has not given maximum support to fight corruption,” Emerson said.
“There is still a chance for SBY [Yudhoyono] to improve the fight against corruption by being firm. If a leader is firm in his attitude towards corruption, then the rest [of the state officials] will follow.”
Talk Asia is CNN’s weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.


Yudhoyono Admits Indonesia’s Biggest Challenge Is Corruption

Jakarta Globe, Kinanti Pinta Karana, June 15, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sits down with CNN’s
Andrew Stevens in an interview to be broadcast on CNN’s
Talk Asia program. (Photo Source: CNN)

Related articles
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted that corruption is Indonesia’s biggest challenge. He made the statement in an interview with CNN’s Andrew Stevens which will be broadcast on CNN’s Talk Asia on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.
“Corruption is indeed our biggest challenge, my biggest challenge – I have to be frank on that,” Yudhoyono said, noting that Indonesia has launched the most aggressive anti-corruption campaign in the country’s history since he took office in 2004.
“And the results show for themselves. About 150 senior officials have faced the law, and some of them have been convicted and sent to jail. And there’s now a big movement in our society against corruption,” he said.
Responding to Yudhoyono’s statement, Emerson Yuntho from the Indonesian Corruption Watch reminded that Transparency International still rates Indonesia quite poorly on its corruption index.
“We have to remember that Indonesia’s corruption index is still alarming because the government has not given maximum support to fight corruption,” Emerson said.
“There is still a chance for SBY [Yudhoyono] to improve the fight against corruption by being firm. If a leader is firm in his attitude towards corruption, then the rest [of the state officials] will follow.”
Talk Asia is CNN’s weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.


Yudhoyono Admits Indonesia’s Biggest Challenge Is Corruption

Jakarta Globe, Kinanti Pinta Karana, June 15, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sits down with CNN's
Andrew Stevens in an interview to be broadcast on CNN's
Talk Asia program. (Photo Source: CNN)

Related articles

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted that corruption is Indonesia's biggest challenge. He made the statement in an interview with CNN's Andrew Stevens which will be broadcast on CNN's Talk Asia on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.

“Corruption is indeed our biggest challenge, my biggest challenge – I have to be frank on that,” Yudhoyono said, noting that Indonesia has launched the most aggressive anti-corruption campaign in the country's history since he took office in 2004.

“And the results show for themselves. About 150 senior officials have faced the law, and some of them have been convicted and sent to jail. And there’s now a big movement in our society against corruption,” he said.

Responding to Yudhoyono's statement, Emerson Yuntho from the Indonesian Corruption Watch reminded that Transparency International still rates Indonesia quite poorly on its corruption index.

"We have to remember that Indonesia's corruption index is still alarming because the government has not given maximum support to fight corruption," Emerson said.

"There is still a chance for SBY [Yudhoyono] to improve the fight against corruption by being firm. If a leader is firm in his attitude towards corruption, then the rest [of the state officials] will follow."

Talk Asia is CNN's weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.


Yudhoyono Admits Indonesia’s Biggest Challenge Is Corruption

Jakarta Globe, Kinanti Pinta Karana, June 15, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sits down with CNN's
Andrew Stevens in an interview to be broadcast on CNN's
Talk Asia program. (Photo Source: CNN)

Related articles

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted that corruption is Indonesia's biggest challenge. He made the statement in an interview with CNN's Andrew Stevens which will be broadcast on CNN's Talk Asia on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.

“Corruption is indeed our biggest challenge, my biggest challenge – I have to be frank on that,” Yudhoyono said, noting that Indonesia has launched the most aggressive anti-corruption campaign in the country's history since he took office in 2004.

“And the results show for themselves. About 150 senior officials have faced the law, and some of them have been convicted and sent to jail. And there’s now a big movement in our society against corruption,” he said.

Responding to Yudhoyono's statement, Emerson Yuntho from the Indonesian Corruption Watch reminded that Transparency International still rates Indonesia quite poorly on its corruption index.

"We have to remember that Indonesia's corruption index is still alarming because the government has not given maximum support to fight corruption," Emerson said.

"There is still a chance for SBY [Yudhoyono] to improve the fight against corruption by being firm. If a leader is firm in his attitude towards corruption, then the rest [of the state officials] will follow."

Talk Asia is CNN's weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.