Officials, businesses in anti-corruption drive

MEDAN: Over 30 representatives of state firms, private companies and civil society organizations signed a joint commitment to help eradicate bribery and gratuities among government officials and businessmen.

Among the companies and institutions were the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), state-owned electricity company PLN, state energy company Pertamina, PT Unilever Indonesia, PT British Petroleum Indonesia, PT Elnusa, state forestry firm Perum Perhutani, banknote printing company, Perum Peruri, state logistics firm Perum Bulog, PT Merpati Nusantara, PT Petrokimia Gresik, PT Pupuk Kaltim, PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry and PT Hutama Karya.

The declaration was initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Transparency International Indonesia in a workshop at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM III) in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday. The workshop will be held until Wednesday.

KPK head Abraham Samad said the declaration was an initial step in eradicating corruption in the country, adding that the private sector, state companies and civil society organizations all played an important role in combating corruption.

Abraham cited the policies that ought to be carried out by a state firm or private company; employers should discourage their workers from involvement in corrupt practices and employers should apply internal controls within their organizations.

“These are important for creating a dean, accountable yet transparent business environment. Bribery and corruption leads to unfair business competition and affects the country’s economy,” Abraham said.

Jakarta Post | 25 Juni 2013 | hal. 5