JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesia Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Laode M. Syarif says that in the moment of the 74th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence, the Indonesian corruption perception index (IPK) should have been above 50 points.
"So, frankly, we are grateful to God Almighty. However, at the same time we are concerned that in the 74 years of independence, the level of prosperity is still as it is now. Our Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is still at 38, it should be above 50," he said after attending the 74th Indonesian Independence Day ceremony at the KPK building, Jakarta, Saturday (08/17/2019).
The 2018 Indonesian CPI released by Transparency International in January 2019 showed a slight increase of one point from 37 in 2017 to 38 in 2018.
Furthermore, Syarif said that the ideals of independence to prosper a just and prosperous Indonesia had not yet been achieved.
"Therefore, we at the KPK always hope that all government efforts in increasing the budget of state expenditure are utilized to the maximum extent for the benefit of the people, and not to be enjoyed by some individuals only to enrich themselves," said Syarif.
He also believes that if Indonesia can manage well the state revenues and expenditures of the state budget, Indonesia can go up from the middle income country category.
"I am sure that if we can manage state revenues and expenditures from our state revenues well and in a transparent and accountable manner, while each person is not self-interested, each of us can go higher than being a middle income country We can go up more from that, "he said.
Syarif also believes that Indonesia's economy and prosperity could rise higher than Malaysia, as the archipelago country has advantages in terms of natural resources and human resources.
"I am sure that at least we can be above Malaysia, as we have more natural resources and better human capitals," he said, as reported by Antara.