Indonesia: Jokowi runs out of patience with corrupt officials

Author(s): Francis Chan | Date: October 13, 2016 | Language: English
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Indonesian President warns of zero tolerance for tradition of bribery, plans legal reforms.
Stop now or face the sack. That was the unequivocal warning Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued to officials in his government who still think they can get away with corrupt practices.
Those strong words came during a surprise visit to the Transportation Ministry late on Tuesday night after six officials, including two from the ministry, were arrested earlier in the day for soliciting pungli, the local jargon for “illegal fees” or bribes.
More than a billion rupiah ($106,000) was seized during a sting operation which involved the collection of unofficial levies in exchange for the permits of sailors.

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