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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