Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia during the Commemoration of the 2020 International Anti-Corruption Day at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Date 16 Desember 2020
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Peace and prosperity be upon us all,
Greetings of virtue.
Honorable Speakers of the People’s Consultative Assembly, the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Heads of State Institutions;
Honorable Coordinating Ministers, Minister of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet;
Honorable Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the KPK Leadership Commissioners;
Honorable Chairperson and Members of the KPK Supervisory Board;
Honorable Governors, Regents, and Mayors;
Honorable Anti-Corruption Activists;
Developing an anti-corruption culture and fostering a sense of shame in enjoying the results of corruption is an important step in preventing criminal acts of corruption. Anti-corruption education must be expanded to give birth to a future generation that is anti-corruption.
However, building a system that shuts down the opportunities for corruption is also the key. All government agencies must continue to improve transparency, increase accountability, streamline work and service processes to the public to minimize opportunities for corruption, as well as to improve the quality of services to the public.
Reforms in the licensing and public service sectors currently being carried out by the Government are a significant effort to reduce opportunities for corruption. Sectors that are directly related to the interests of the people at large and affect the business ecosystem, especially MSMEs, are the Government’s main concern. The Government has been striving to carry out structural reforms on a large scale. Overlapping regulations and complicated procedures will continue to be trimmed. We are cutting the red tape of the bureaucratic mechanisms and procedures which are then supported by the adoption of digital technology, such as e-budgeting, e-procurement, e-audit, and other applications.
Honorable KPK Chairperson, Invitees,
The reform of the system that is being carried out requires the support of effective supervision, which is carried out by internal supervisors in government institutions, external supervisors involving several agencies outside the Government, and also by inviting public participation to oversee the work of government officials.
The professionalism of law enforcers has a very central position in prosecution and prevention. However, the orientation and mindset in supervision and law enforcement must be directed at improving governance and preventing corruption. The enforcement is not measured by how many cases are found, but on how to prevent them on an ongoing basis so that the criminal act of corruption does not happen again.
Efforts to eradicate corruption require extraordinary persistence and consistency. It takes extraordinary collective orchestration to take precautions. It takes innovation and systematic work to close opportunities for corruption. And it takes fair and consistent measures to take action against the perpetrators of corruption
I hope that with systematic steps from upstream to downstream, we can more effectively eradicate corruption and poverty, reduce unemployment, and make Indonesia a developed country that we aspire to be.
Against all odds, corruption eradication must never stop.
This concludes my remarks.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Om Santi Santi Santi Om,
Translated by Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by M. Ersan Pamungkas