Fight against graft stalls in Indonesia

Fight against graft stalls in Indonesia

INDONESIA - The fight against rampant corruption in the country has not made much progress in the past year, Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) has revealed in its annual Corruption Perception Index for 2013.

The international antigraft watchdog gave Indonesia a score of 32 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), the same score that the country got last year.

In this year's index, Indonesia was ranked 114th, four spots higher than last year. Indonesia is two points ahead of Timor Leste, but one point behind Kosovo.

Last year, Indonesia appeared in 118th position out of 176 countries polled, down from 100 out of 183 the year before, and tying with Madagascar, Egypt, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.

Denmark and New Zealand shared the top spot in this year's ranking, scoring 91, followed by Finland and Sweden, both scoring 89.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were at the bottom of the list, each scoring eight points.

TI Indonesia secretary-general Dadang Trisasongko said that the antigraft efforts made by the government were "not enough to tackle the massive corruption in the country".

TI Indonesia recommended the government strengthen public institutions, especially in politics, law and business.

Considering that 2014 will be an election year, Dadang warned that corruption in politics would intensify and one of the ways to curb illicit practices would be to scrutinize campaign funding and the integrity of candidates contesting the legislative elections.

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