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Corruption in Indonesia: an unavoidable drain under both dictatorship and democracy - by Monocle

Not many countries have an acronym for corruption. Indonesia does. KKN or korupsi, kolusi, nepotisme is the term used for what has become a phenomenon here. It includes everything from straightforward bribes to high-level official double-dealing. Traced back to the early years of the Suharto regime during the 1960s when corruption was institutionalised but controlled by elite circles, the corruption of Indonesia today has been spread further in tandem with the country’s democratic reform and the decentralisation of government. Nowadays, you don’t necessarily need to be connected to the upper echelons of power to be able embezzle money in Indonesia – you can be a mid-level tax official too. A recent case involved one such official who amassed billions of rupiahs on his measly government-salary. Thankfully the biggest embezzler of them all is long gone. Suharto, who is...

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