President SBY met with the heads of a number of anti-corruption civil society organisations today, including Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), Fitra and Transparency International Indonesia. Yuna Farhan, Secretary-General of the Forum for Budget Transparency (Fitra), was quoted in Tempo as stating that the President is not making the most of the institutional mechanisms available to him. He suggested that the president review the police and prosecutors every three months to ensure cases progress and do not become “jammed” (macet). He also proposed five agenda items:
Yuna explained a five point agenda for the president to prioritise. They are law enforcement, regional and natural resource corruption, bureaucratic reform, strengthening of civil society and anti-corruption education as well as budget accountability and efficiency.
Yuna menjelaskan, ada lima agenda yang harus diprioritaskan oleh presiden. Kelima agenda itu adalah penegakan hukum, korupsi daerah dan sumber daya alam, reformasi birokrasi, penguatan gerakan masyarakat sipil dan pendidikan antikorupsi serta akuntabilitas dan efisiensi anggaran.
Good to see that regional corruption is included (this is my research topic). It is, however, unlikely that the president will directly interject himself into the specifics of police and prosecutor case processing, which is what the three month review would entail. This would make it more difficult for him to stay above the political fray of corruption prosecutions. It is also rather depressing that increasingly activists have to make their appeals to the president himself. It suggests that those around him and within his party–who obviously enjoy significant discretion of which cases are brought to his attention–are only weakly committed to corruption eradication.
The Tempo article is available here (in Indonesian).