|A Strong NGO Help to Prevent Corruption|
|Sunday, 29 April 2012|
The wide-spread corruption practices in this country have seized the rights of the poor. The anti- corruption act has been compiled to eradicate corruption. By ratifying the recommendation of international conference against corruption organized by United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), Indonesia has called corruption practices as extraordinary crime. But, in fact, corruption is still going on nowhere, why it’s happen?
Deputy Chief Justice for General Crime of Supreme Court, Dr. Artidjo Alkostar, SH. LLM said this phenomenon happened as a result of weak legal enforcement in Indonesia. It seemed that Indonesian state government was so desperate because of the recent rise of public distrust in government institutions. In this case, NGO plays significant roles.
"The role of NGO and mass media need to be improved so that the society become more proactive" as told by Dr. Artidjo Alkostar when delivered his presentation at national seminar on 'Prevention and Enforcement Against Corruption in Indonesia Local Government'. This seminar was organized by Centre for Constitutional Law Studies (PSHK) Faculty of Law collaborating with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Germany on Saturday (28/4) at Royal Ambarukmo Hotel Yogyakarta.
Dr. Artidjo who is also Lecturer at Faculty of Law said further that central government authority to control over local government is not functioning properly. Hence, the existence NGO should be improved. For instance, government control system in U.S is very strong because of the presence of NGO in this country.
Meanwhile, Director of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) J. Danang Widoyoko mentioned that according to ICW report; corruption practices became endemic in government institutions. Many of local leaders were suspected of corrupt actions. Also attending in this seminar were former mayor of Yogyakarta Drs. H. Herry Zudianto, SE. Akt. MM., Vice Rector I UII Nandang Sutrisno, SH, LLM, M. Hum, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Law UII, Dr. Rusli Muhammad, SH., MH and General Manager of HSF, Dr. Peter Witterauf, who delivered opening speech.