Tip of the iceberg

Kompas.com – January 7, 2022

From an article titled Corruption by regional leaders like tip of the iceberg phenomena.

Gajah Mada University Faculty of Law Anti-Corruption Studies Centre (Pukat UGM) researcher Zaenur Rohman believes that corruption by regional officials is like the tip of the iceberg phenomena and that the cases uncovered by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have only touched the surface.

"It's like the iceberg phenomena, only the tip is visible, and underneath it's not yet visible. Similar practices are also allegedly happinging in other regions", Rohman told Kompas.com.

Rohman made the remarks following the arrest of Bekasi Mayor Rahmar Effendi by the KPK for alleged involvement in selling government positions and land procurement irregularities.

Rohman said that corruption by regional officials is occurring because of weak supervision on the part of regional parliaments, the Supreme Audit Agency and law enforcement agencies.

Over the last year the KPK has arrested four regional officials on corruption charges including Nganjuk Regent Novi Rahman Hidayat, Tanjungbalai Mayor M Syahrial, Probolinggo Regent Puput Tantriana Sari and most recently Rahmat Effendi.

[Abridged translation by James Balowski. The full article can be read at: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2022/01/07/16190371/korupsi-pemimpin-daerah-dinilai-ibarat-fenomena-gunung-es.]