Fri, 30 Jun 2000

The list continues to grow

We highly appreciate the political stance announced by President Abdurrahman Wahid's administration last year to make the eradication of corruption the government's first priority. However, it is only natural for the public to be disappointed over the law enforcement apparatus' slow progress regarding the matter.

The longer the list of cases of corruption, collusion and nepotism grows, the heavier the burden that the police and attorneys have to bear. We are aware that resolving such cases is not easy. However, we cannot close our eyes to the fact that not a single major case of corruption has been resolved. Without a serious and daring effort, the incessantly growing list of cases of corruption, collusion and nepotism will only further fuel the public's frustration.

The people are waiting to see proof that corruptors, no matter who, can be arrested and brought to trial. Without this, the government's credibility will only sink lower and lower, irrespective of who governs.

-- Bisnis Indonesia, Jakarta