Chairperson of Anti-corruption Commission (KPK), Abraham Samad, said most of state officials, policy makers and law enforcers have committed corruption due to greed. They have greedily taken state property that should be distributed to society despite their huge salaries and facilities they receive.
“State officials need not to commit corruption as their salaries have already been paid immensely,” he said on Thursday (5/9) when giving the first lecture for UGM graduate students. This academic year UGM accept up to 4,811 students.
He gave the example of Rudi Rubiandini, chair of oil and gas regulataory body, that had received up to 220 millions in salary monthly in addition to IDR75 millions as Mandiri Bank commissary.
“The salary that amounts to IDR300 millions would not be running out in 1 month. So, if he commits corruption, this means extraordinary greed. Corruption is due to greed,” he confirmed.
Related to this problem, Abraham Samad revealed that the Commission is focusing on corruption eradication of big scale cases that involve state administrators, regulators and law enforcers.
Even so, the Commission still lacks of human resource. There are only 700 staff and 60 investigators while each day some 30 cases come in with 10 of them getting verified.
“With the low number of investigators, it would be impossible to resolve all cases in Indonesia. Therefore, there has to be a certain method to resolve them all and the Commission can concentrate itself on cases that concern the lives of the wider public, namely, food security, energy and environment security, infrastructure and tax, duties and PNBP,” he explained.
In addition, the Commission is concentrating on corruption eradication through two approaces, these are prevention and repressive approach that are integrated.
“The limiting factor is the repressive approach that we have carried out until now. We only use this approach so far. If we only make legal actions, then in 1-3 years’ time, corruption cases will re-emerge. With prevention, corruption will dissolve in 1-3 years as there are system repairs,” said Samad.
Furthermore, Abraham Samad called for people to acting against corruption. “The Anti-corruption Commission cannot be the fire brigade all the time. The root of corruption has to be fixed as a whole so in the next 2-3 years corruption will not re-occur and that needs the cooperation of everyone,” he stated.
Indonesia has experienced an increase in corruption cases from Corruption Perception Index 2.8 in 2010 to 3.0 in 2011 and 3.2 in 2012.
Previously, Rector of UGM, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc., said in his remarks that corruption is a serious problem using up the state. What happened was the plan to rob the state budget. Thus, UGM is committed in resolving together with the KPK to counter and prevent corruption and make Indonesia a strong country in the future. “This is serious and the KPK needs a partner.UGM is ready to be their partner in eradicating corruption,” he said.