Corrupted service

Kompas – June 28, 2019

From an oped piece titled The Constitutionality of Dismissing Corrupt Civil Servants

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) says there are 1,466 state civil servants (PNS) who have been found guilty of corruption but have yet to be dismissed and are still receiving wages.

According to ICW Coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo, there are also an additional 375 civil servants who have been found to be involved in corruption.

“The consequence is there are 1,466 corrupt PNS who have been convicted and are still [active] PNS, this means that every month the state also suffers financial losses because they still have to pay those who are corrupt”, said Husondo.

Husodo said that said that this shows that administrative sanctions and ethical standards are not being upheld and that if things are to change the government must change the regulations on sanctions for civil servants found to be corrupt.

“If you really want things to change, if its 10 rupiah or 5 million rupiah, then its corruption, its theft, they must be sacked. There’s no other way. How can it be made easier to sack PNS. So there is a big risk for them”, he said.

The State Civil Service Agency (BKN) meanwhile said that based on data for January 29, there are 1,879 civil servants out of 2,357 who have been found guilty of corruption but have yet to be dismissed.

BKN head Bima Haria Wibisana says that the government has incurred huge financial losses because it’s still paying the wages of civil servants who should have been dismissed.

“The lowest PNS wage is 1.9 million rupiah [a month], but let’s call it 2.5 million rupiah for 2,000 people, just multiply that with how much per month, how much per year, the number of years vary, the longest is 2011, back in 2010 there are some”, he said.