JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Corruption has become a serious threat to Indonesia and therefore President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should immediately rescue the country, a senior politician said. Acts of corruption were not only rife in the executive body but also in the legislative and judicial organs, senior Golkar Party politician Pinantun Hutasoit said here Tuesday.
"Before it is too late, the president needs to take immediate actions to rescue the nation and state through good governance and firm law enforcement," he said.
Hutasoit said he was deeply concerned about the fact that corruptors were not only to be found in the executive but also in the legislative and judicative bodies.
"I am very concerned about the diminishing legal certainty in the country because corruption and other unlawful acts are committed by rogue police, prosecutors and judges. If this situation continues, what will become of the country? " he said.
Hutasoit said, as the head of state, head of government, and the supreme chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces, President Yudhoyono should be firm to secure and rescue the nation and state.
"As a person who was once close to (President) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, I believe that the President does want to eradicate all forms of corruption in the country," he said.
The people were waiting for the Yudhoyono government’s action in eradicating corruption. "We cannot accept the saying that corruption has become a culture in our country," he said.
Regarding corruption cases, a number of former legislators were allegedly also involved in bribery relating to the selection of Miranda Goeltom as Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor in 2004.
Among the suspects are Udju Djuhaeri, Dudie Makmun Murod and Endin A.J. Soefihara, former members of the House of Representatives’ (DPR) commission for financial and banking affairs. The alleged bribery case was revealed to the public after Agus Condro, former House member of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle faction, confessed that he had received a bank cheque.
Agus Condro said the bank cheque totaling Rp500 million (US$1 Rp9,480) was received following the BI Senior Deputy Governor’s fit and proper test, which was won by Miranda Gultom. Some other House members also received the same bank cheques, he said.
Besides this bribery case, the Indonesian people have also been struck by tax official Gayus Tambunan’s money laundering and corruption cases. Tambunan’s case came under the spotlight after the police named him suspect in connection with a suspicious Rp25 billion bank account in his name.
Following the discovery of the irregularity in the investigation of the case the police then set up a special team of investigators. At least 12 middle ranking officials of the Indonesian finance ministry were allegedly involved in tax brokering cases.
In connection with Tambunan’s case, the police had arrested Haposan Hutagalung, who was Tambunan’s lawyer from June 8 to September 1, 2009, and two middle-ranking police officers. The Gayus Tambunan fiscal mafia case had also triggered the suspension of Lampung provincial police chief Brig Gen Edmon Ilyas from his position to facilitate an investigation into his suspected involvement.