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Indonesia: Government Reform Proposed

(June 14, 2012) The Indonesian government has recently proposed three bills on administrative reform; they are now being discussed in the legislature. The bills cover the organization of the state apparatus, the civil service, and a government code of ethics. (Ridwan M. Sijabat, Government Makes Last Ditch Effort at Reform, THE JAKARTA POST (June 8, 2012); see, for example, Rancangan Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Tentang Aparatur Sipil Negara [Draft Law of the Republic of Indonesia on the Civil State Apparatus] in RUU Yang Sedang Dibahas oleh Komisi [Draft Laws Under Discussion by Committee], No. 7, House of People's Representatives website (last visited June 8, 2012).)

The bills have been described by legislators as part of a plan to make the government bureaucracy professional, streamlined, and clean. The bill on the code of ethics is designed to ensure that steps recommended by the Ombudsman, the state office that monitors government officials' actions, are carried out. In addition to addressing the problem of corruption, Indonesia is considering the need to consolidate the nation's large and growing government bureaucracy, to make it more efficient. (Sijabat, supra.)

Indonesia has a history of corruption involving both political and administrative personnel, including a recent case in which a low-ranking tax official amassed a fortune of more than Rp100 billion (about US$10.65 million). (Sijabat, supra.) As of 2011, the organization Transparency International ranked Indonesia number 100 out of 183 countries and territories on its Corruption Perceptions Index. (Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 (last visited June 7, 2012).)