Indonesia’s 10 Potentially most Corrupt Public Institutions

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Indonesia’s 10 Potentially most Corrupt Public Institutions

President SBY has given a commitment to eradicate corruption from governments led by him.  Unfortunately, this commitment has amounted to little more than a public show to enhance SBY’s popular image.  Quite simply, SBY has failed to stop the hemorrhaging of the public purse resulting from irresponsible use of government funds by officials of ministries and agencies under his charge.

Analysis by the National Secretariat of the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Seknas FITRA) of national Audit Board reports on fiscal management in 83 ministries/agencies between 2008 and 2010 has identified potential losses to the public purse of Rp 16.4 trillion arising from a total of 5 870 cases of abuse.  This situation has arisen because the ministries/agencies concerned have not yet rendered proper account of the funds in question by returning the assets and public money involved to State coffers.

These findings point to the existence of deviant fiscal practices within government ministries/agencies that have the potential to defraud the public purse—all on SBY’s watch.  The SBY government does not have the political will to eradicate corruption of State budgets.  Talk of doing so is just that: talk, aimed only at enhancing the public image of SBY as leader and as an individual.

According to FITRA’s ranking, the “top ten” potential defrauders of the public purse between 2008 and 2010 among the 83 ministries/agencies referred to above are:

Ranking

Ministry/Agency

Loss to State

(Rp million)

1

Attorney-General’s Department

                           5 433 690

2

Ministry of Finance

                           5 359 204

3

Ministry of Education and Culture

                           3 335 643

4

Ministry of Health

                              332 862

5

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

                              319 138

6

Ministry of Forestry

                              163 506

7

Ministry of Social Affairs

                              157 836

8

Ministry of Religion

                              119 312

9

Ministry of Youth and Spor

                              115 447

10

Ministry of Communication and Informatics

                              102 481

Source:  Summary of Semester Findings II (IHPS II), national Audit Board, processed by Seknas FITRA

To prevent the potential loss of Rp 16.4 trillion of the people’s money as a result of corrupt practices, Seknas FITRA urges that:

  1. President SBY should restore the integrity of State financial management plagued as it continues to be by numerous deviant management practices of public officials.  The President should not just go on joy rides overseas.  Rather, he should focus his attention on stopping the hemorrhaging of the public purse.
  2. Hemorrhaging of the public purse between 2008 and 2010 shows the lack of political will to eradicate corruption on the part of SBY’s government.  Calls to eradicate corruption are just so much talk aimed simply at enhancing the public image of SBY’s government;
  3. The DPR should exercise its right to oversight budgetary expenditure of ministries/agencies so that it can reduce to a minimum the extent of potential losses to the public purse.  The general public has been disappointed to see that, thus far, the DPR has used its budget oversight powers as a bargaining chip with the Executive to get its “share” of budget programs or funding.   As a result, the DPR is basically “cashing in” its budget oversight powers in return for projects or budget money.  The result: unavoidable hemorrhaging of the public purse.

Jakarta, 15 July 2012

Signed

Maulana

Director of Research, Seknas FITRA

0813 8282 8670

maulkhan@gmail.com / seknas_fitra@yahoo.com

 
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Subject Indonesia’s 10 Potentially most Corrupt Public Institutions
Author M. Maulana
Publisher SEKNAS FITRA, Jakarta
Publish year 2012
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