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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     28 October  2011

Corruption concerns grow in Indonesia
A new survey by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center paints a more severe picture of corruption in Indonesia than indicated by previous studies.

Due to be officially released today, the study, “Corruption Continues to Plague Indonesia,” shows that Indonesians’ perception of how widespread corruption is in the country has worsened under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The Gallup survey found that 91 percent of Indonesians believe corruption is widespread throughout the government, as opposed to 84 percent in 2006.

And that negative perception does not stop at the government, with 86 percent of respondents saying corruption is extensive in the business sector, up from 75 percent in 2006.

“Gallup polling that began midway through Yudhoyono’s first term as president shows Indonesians are more likely now than in 2006 to say corruption is widespread throughout business and government,” the study says.

The results of the Gallup survey run counter to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, which saw Indonesia’s score improve from 2.4 in 2006 to 2.8 in 2010.

The Gallup survey also found that Indonesians were more likely than other Southeast Asians to say their government and business sectors were corrupt. “Only in 2009, the year of Yudhoyono’s re-election, were Indonesians less likely than now that corruption is widespread throughout the country’s leadership and businesses,” the report said.

The results were obtained from face-to-face interviews in Indonesia with 6,390 adult respondents, between 2006 and 2011. The center is a Gallup research hub based in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and focused on the attitudes and aspirations of Muslims around the world.

Febri Diansyah, from Indonesia Corruption Watch, agreed with the survey results. He added that Transparency International’s CPI did not necessarily reflect improvements in the public’s perception of the country’s most corrupt public sectors.

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