JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) assessed that the decline in Indonesia’s corruption perception index (CPI) score to 34 out of 100 was inseparable from the permissive attitude of President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) cabinet ministers towards corruption behavior.
ICW researcher, Kurnia Ramadhana said that one of Jokowi’s employees who showed such a permissive attitude was the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
“Had repeatedly commented on the hand-catching operation (OTT) with destructive sentences,” Kurnia said in his official statement, Wednesday (1/2/2023).
For information, IKP or corruption perceptions index (CPI) measures perceptions of corruption in the public sector.
CPI was released by Transparency International Indonesia (TII) by ranking 180 countries with the level of corruption in the world. A country with a score of 0 means very prone to corruption while 100 is free of corruption.
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Kurnia revealed that another permissive attitude was shown from the statement by the Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Tito Karnavian who requested that law enforcement officials not take action against regional heads.
Tito Karnavian asked law enforcement officials to focus on accompanying regional heads.
“Statements of this kind certainly show an attitude that is contrary to expectations for improvements in eradicating corruption,” said Kurnia.
Another problem that is suspected of causing the CPI to drop is the weakening of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).KPK) through the 2019 KPK Law Revision (UU).
In ICW’s view, the KPK is an institution that has been aggressively eradicating political corruption.
“That’s not enough, the president also allows problematic figures to lead the anti-corruption agency,” said Kurnia.
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