JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Indonesian Survey Institute (ISI) and Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recently released the results of a national survey conducted in October. 52 percent of respondents considered the level of corruption to be escalating for the current year.

Overall the perception rate declined when compared with same survey from the two previous years. In 2016, the figure reached 70 percent, while in 2017 it was 55 percent.

The survey involved around 2000 respondents aged over 19 years spread throughout Indonesia. Samples were randomly selected using multistage random sampling, with a margin of error of 2.2 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent.

The main reason for the change is that Joko Widodo’s regime has allowed the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) to do its duties correctly and effectively. The level of public trust in anti-racial institutions is very high, above 80 percent, while the police agency is only 54 percent and the Attorney General’s Office about of 36 percent.

Judging by the CEC’s performance this year, the results of the survey are credible, because many state-officials were arrested by the CEC. For example, arrests of the local parliamentarians in Malang amounts to 41 people, bribery of parliaments members in Central Kalimantan, arrests of agency members in the Bekasi regency, West Java, the arrests of officials in the Medan judiciary, and so on.

Most of the CEC’s arrests of state-officials relate to the bribery and gratification acts. The results of this survey show that as many as 34 percent of Indonesians consider giving money or gifts as bribery and gratuity when dealing with government agencies.

Meanwhile, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that the reason for bribery between employers and government was caused by the complexity of the licensing service process or public administration affairs. In fact, according to the previous vision, he and Widodo had committed that public institutions should accelerate the licensing process to reduce the corruption gap.

According to him, if the licensing business is accelerated and clean, gratification and bribery would be impossible. In addition, Kalla also suggested that the government increase state-apparatus allowances or salaries so that they could prevent corruption acts in government scope.

This was confirmed by the chief of Indonesian Police, Tito Karnavian, who stated that the performance allowance of up to 70 percent for the police is a good policy to prevent corruption. According to him, these benefits can improve the performance of officials and especially help eradicate corruption.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com