The Corruption Eradication Commission Asks Regional Heads in Papua to Strengthen Governance

JAYAPURA - Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Alexander Marwata asked all regional heads in Papua to strengthen good governance in their respective regions.

"Related to the corruption prevention program, the Corruption Eradication Commission encourages the implementation of eight focus areas that we mapped based on corruption risks from the experience of handling corruption cases by the Corruption Eradication Commission," Alex said in remarks at the Coordination of Integrated Corruption Prevention Supervision meeting in Papua region, located at the Governor's Office, Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Based on Corruption Eradication Commission records, he continued, the average score of corruption prevention efforts in Papua region, which includes eight areas summarized in the Monitoring Center for Prevention, is still low.

With a score scale of 0 to 100 percent, in 2018 to 2020, he continued, recorded the average score of the Papua region 25 percent, 34 percent, and 25 percent. While 2021, he continued, is still at 9 percent compared to the national average score of 46 percent.

"From the achievements of the MCP, there is still a lot of homework to be done by the local government in Papua," said Alex.

Alex also reminded, the key to the success of corruption prevention is none other than the strong commitment of regional leaders, namely regional heads together with Regional People's Representative Council leaders.

In addition, Alex also asked every person in the ranks of the bureaucracy, both in the executive and legislative fields to maintain integrity and continue to strengthen integrated governance. In particular, Alex requested that the regional head empower the government's internal supervision apparatus (APIP). The hope is that the inspectorate can conduct adequate supervision.  

In addition to the supervision by the Inspectorate, Alex also reminded about the importance of the state's presence in addressing the issue of assets, especially the land in Papua. According to him, it is very vulnerable if the asset does not have a valid legal basis. Therefore, said Alex, it continues to encourage the acceleration of asset certification as a form of security to prevent state or regional financial losses due to assets that are switched and controlled by unauthorized third parties.

He also realized that the problems of each region were different. Taking into account the cultural specificity and status of Papua as a special autonomous region, Alex suggested the establishment of a legitimate and recognized indigenous institution that acts for and on behalf of the Papuan people. Hopefully, there are no claims or land cases that continue to repeat themselves. ***