Friday, May 26, 2017
Issue Number: 507
Indonesia: Towards an Anti-Bribery Era
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Overview Dating way back to the colonial era, bribery has alas become an entrenched part of Indonesian culture which seems to afflict all aspects of “business”, especially those which involve public officials. One of the most common examples of this culture can be seen in the fact that most applications submitted by businesses to Indonesian government institutions will only become a pile of dusty paperwork until a certain “stimulus” is provided to the officials concerned.   This entrenched culture of bribery has led to Indonesia’s anti-corruption regime becoming primarily focused upon repressive measures which are aimed at public officials, as opposed to the promotion of legal frameworks which offer more comprehensive and preventative approaches to the stubborn problem of the private parties who commit acts of bribery....

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