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Indonesian president says to oppose any effort to weaken anti-corruption watchdog

08-16-2011 15:39 BJT

JAKARTA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that he opposes any effort to weaken the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that has been on the frontlines fighting rampant corruption.

The statement was made as the commission is handling several big bribery cases, which may uncover other bigger cases involving politicians and businessmen, and it is believed that many of them insist to weaken the KPK.

"Any effort aims to weaken the KPK must be prevented as much as we can," President Yudhoyono said at his annual speech at the parliament building.

The president said that the ongoing selection of chairman of the commission must be monitored so that it can choose a credible person, while the internal work of it must be improved to make itself free from graft.

The KPK has been on the frontlines in fighting graft in the country, scores of officials from lawmakers to central bank governor have been jailed and undergone legal process for corruption charges.

Nevertheless, it is said that many of the parties allegedly involved in the cases have been recently disappointed with the commission and tried to weaken it.

Besides, some members of the commission are also suspected of being involved in grafts.

President Yudhoyono who has led the move against corruption since his tenure starting in 2004, admitted that the effectiveness of efforts in combating corruption must improve.

"We admit that the effectiveness of efforts combating corruption must be continuously raised. The anti-corruption agencies such as the KPK, anti-corruption court, Financial Transaction Analysis and Report Center (PPATK), and the agency for protecting witness and victims must be strengthened," he said.

Indonesia's corruption perceptions index improved to 2.8 percent in 2010 from 2 percent in 2004, the highest achievement among ASEAN member countries, according to the International Transparency.

However, the anti-corruption campaign seems to have slowed recently. Facing strong public pressure, it is expected that the president will accelerate his campaign to free the country from rampant graft.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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