Finance Ministry to issue regulation to check financial reports of officials

Aditya Suharmoko, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 04/14/2010 4:46 PM

The Finance Ministry plans to issue a regulation that will allow it to examine financial reports of officials in preventing corruption, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday.

The regulation is based on the Presidential Decree No. 33/1986, which states that ministers have the authority to examine financial reports of officials in comparison to their tax return, Mulyani told reporters.

"We will use this legal base for officials at the Finance Ministry," she said after a signing of Integrity Pact by top ministry officials to pledge their commitment to the government.

Mulyani added that ministry officials, particularly tax officials, have voluntarily agreed to send letters to the finance minister, allowing her to examine their financial reports.

She also said the Inspectorate General has evaluated areas considered prone to corruption to prevent future incident. "We want officials to perform jobs well, but we can still prevent violations," she said.

Mulyani said she will also evaluate the recruitment system of tax judges and staffs.

"We've asked the general affairs division to put camera in every corner of the Tax Tribunal ... We also ask to replace all securities there to renew discipline in guest reception," she said.

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