The Commission of Corruption Eradication (KPK) Chairman Antasari Azhar said KPK’s performance in corruption eradication was not hindering economic growth. “KPK assists in the creation of a fair and prosperous society,” he said in an academic speech to the 42nd Dies Natalis Universitas Pancasila at the Jakarta Convention Center, Tuesday (28/10).
Antasari disagreed with the opinion that KPK’s fierce stance made officials scared to use the budget funds that they were entitled to.
He explained that one of KPK’s aspirations was to accelerate economic growth and prosperity that was currently being encumbered by corruption.
While there may be studies claiming no direct link between corruption and economic growth, other studies suggest that the more corrupt a nation is, the higher the amount of interest paid on loans for infrastructure or that corruption creates additional burdens on the nation’s poor.
Antasari also declared that the stigma surrounding Indonesia as highly corrupt nation must change.
He reminded the audience that Indonesia still has a corruption perception index score of 2.6. This is an improvement from the previous year’s score of 2.3 in 2007.
The corruption perception index is a portrait of corruption levels in 180 nations. The score is based on surveys from a number of independent organizations. Nations are ranked from 0 (most corrupt) to 10 (least corrupt).
The corruption perception index is released every year by Transparency International, a non-government organization based in Germany with branches in 99 other countries including Indonesia.
Source : Pelita, 29 October 2008
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