Bribery perceived as ‘normal’ by many Indonesians

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INDONESIA_moneyMany Indonesians still think it is normal to bribe government officials and police officers to process civil registry documents or driving licenses, according to a national survey released on January 2, Kyodo News Agency reported

The 2013 Anticorruption Behaviour Index, published by the Central Bureau of Statistics, was at 3.63 on a scale from zero, meaning “very permissive toward corruption,” to five, meaning “highly anti-corruption.”

According to the survey of 10,000 households in the country’s 33 provinces, 43 per cent of respondents consider giving extra money to government officials to have their identification cards and other civil registry documents processed as normal, while 37 per cent consider it normal to bribe police officers to have their driving licenses or other papers quickly processed.

Corruption is still rampant in Indonesia despite President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s political platform to eradicate graft. Many of the perpetrators are even members of his own Democrat Party and party-linked government officials, hurting his popularity.

According to an earlier research by Indonesia Corruption watch, North Sumatra is the most corrupt province of Indonesia, followed by Bengkulu (southwest Sumatra) and East Java.

In December 2013, Transparency International ranked Indonesia 114th out of 177 countries in its 2013 Corruption Perception Index. Among other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore ranked 5, Brunei 38, Malaysia 53, the Philippines 94, Thailand 102, Vietnam 116, Laos 140, Myanmar 157 and Cambodia 160.

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Many Indonesians still think it is normal to bribe government officials and police officers to process civil registry documents or driving licenses, according to a national survey released on January 2, Kyodo News Agency reported

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INDONESIA_moneyMany Indonesians still think it is normal to bribe government officials and police officers to process civil registry documents or driving licenses, according to a national survey released on January 2, Kyodo News Agency reported

The 2013 Anticorruption Behaviour Index, published by the Central Bureau of Statistics, was at 3.63 on a scale from zero, meaning “very permissive toward corruption,” to five, meaning “highly anti-corruption.”

According to the survey of 10,000 households in the country’s 33 provinces, 43 per cent of respondents consider giving extra money to government officials to have their identification cards and other civil registry documents processed as normal, while 37 per cent consider it normal to bribe police officers to have their driving licenses or other papers quickly processed.

Corruption is still rampant in Indonesia despite President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s political platform to eradicate graft. Many of the perpetrators are even members of his own Democrat Party and party-linked government officials, hurting his popularity.

According to an earlier research by Indonesia Corruption watch, North Sumatra is the most corrupt province of Indonesia, followed by Bengkulu (southwest Sumatra) and East Java.

In December 2013, Transparency International ranked Indonesia 114th out of 177 countries in its 2013 Corruption Perception Index. Among other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore ranked 5, Brunei 38, Malaysia 53, the Philippines 94, Thailand 102, Vietnam 116, Laos 140, Myanmar 157 and Cambodia 160.

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