Monday, 11 June, 2012 | 20:52 WIB
Called the Most Corrupt, Says Senayan Politician
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:National Mandate Party (PAN) legislator Taslim Chaniago said he was not shocked at the outcome of the Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate's survey that called the House of Representatives (DPR) the most corrupt institution. "I'm not angry. This should serve as a lesson to DPR members," said Taslim at the discussion titled Sindo Radio Polemic at Warung Daun restaurant, Cikini, Jakarta, Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Taslim claimed he was surprised at the high degree of public belief that the DPR was the most corrupt institution. For instance, the SSS survey that discovered that 47 percent of the 2,129 respondents believed that the House was the most corrupt institution given the fact that DPR had no direct authority to manage the state budget. "I wonder why the institution that does not manage money can be described as being corrupt? What's happening to this nation?" said Taslim.
The survey conducted by SSS on May 14-24 also found that 62.4 percent of the respondents agreed that DPR members only made a living at Senayan. The respondents also said that the legislative institution did not succeed in representing the people, rather they represented the interests of the political parties. Only 29.1 percent of the respondents felt that DPR members had played their role as the people's representatives.
Agreeing with Taslim, DPR member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Dewi Ariyani, said corrupt practices in DPR are possible because of the desire of the legislative members, the still weak system, because of needs, and because of the great media exposure of the DPR performance. However, Dewi said that not every DPR member commits corrupt practices. "I don't deny, nor do I affirm, but I believe that most DPR members work for parliament."
Dewi attributed the corrupt practices in DPR to the lack of roles being played by law-enforcement agencies in combating corruption. Police and the prosecutor's office are viewed by her as not yet successful in carrying out massive reforms. "As long as there's no improvement in the police force and in the prosecutor's office, corruption would continue because the broom doesn't work."
The people are disappointed not only with DPR. The law-enforcement agency is still considered a corrupt institution. The tax office finished second with 21.4 percent votes, the police 11.3 percent, political parties 3.9 percent, the Attorney General's Offfice 3.6 percent, the justice ministry 2.6 percent, and the Constitutional Court one percent.
IRA GUSLINA SUFA