Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Yusuf Kalla said with many state officials having been convicted for graft, the practice of corruption in the country was declining.
"But although corruption is declining, it remains something forbidden," he told around 180 students of the Cipete Al Ikhlas elementary school during a dialogue at the vice presidential palace here on Tuesday.
To avoid corruption, each state official should be sincere and adhere to religious tenets consistently. he said. "We should believe that God always watches over what we do on earth," Kalla said in response to a student`s question.
"Your questions are a little bit difficult to answer. I think I need a minister to help me answer your queestion," Kalla said jokingly when Fadil, one of the students, asked about the handling of the Lapindo mudflow disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java.
In reply to Fadil`s question, the vice president said the government was continuing to work hard to stop the hot mudflow. "However, our work has yet to bear fruit because we don`t know the way out. If I know the way out, the mudflow can possibly be stopped soon."
The vice president asked all the students to pray for and support the efforts being made by the government and other parties to overcome the disaster.
During the dialogue, the studnts put many questions to the vice president relating to transportation accidents, the high rate of unemployment and poverty as well as natural disasters.
After the dialogue, the students had a close look at the vice presidential palace.(*)