Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that government officials must now have more guts to commit corruption.
"Government officials must now have six times the usual guts to commit corruption," the vice president said here on Tuesday.
Jusuf Kalla made the remarks when addressing a seminar entitled "Seeking an Identity of Indonesian Foreign Policy" in connection with a competition held by University of Indonesia (UI)`s socio-political students.
According to him, in the past corruption was rampant in all layers of government officials.
"Now, we could reduce the number of corruption cases thanks to better quality law enforcers, while even a prosecutor might also indulge in corruption," he cited.
"Well, it is natural that corruption happens. Otherwise, prisons and state legal institution would not exist," Kalla said, adding that compared to India and China, corruption cases in Indonesia have significantly declined.
Currently many government officials have been arrested and received legal sanction such as governors and the former police chief.
"Many government officials, former governors and even a former police chief have received a legal sanction," Kalla said.
"We are not proud of the drop in the number of corruption cases, but although rather slow, improvement in legal sector continues," he added.(*)