Our Police is the most corrupt institution, and Kupang, capital of Nusa Tenggara Timur, is the most corrupt town in 2008, according to the survey by Transparency International Indonesia (TII) as quoted by The Jakarta Globe.
In reaction to this survey, National Police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira has urged TII to clarify the method used to gather data and asked them to send its finding to the Police so that necessary steps can be taken.
The report is quite surprising, because it has scraped the Parliament & Political parties, No. 2 & 3 last year, from the Most Corrupt Institutions list; while actually in 2008 many of their members were prosecuted for big bribery cases in courts.
Further, the survey’s report that Jakarta is the 35th corrupt city/town is questionable, because Jakarta is the largest city with the largest population, and has long been described by its citizens as “Ibukota lebih Jahat dari Ibu Tiri” i.e. the capital city is more cruel than a step mother, among others because its public officers tends to ask for bribes for their services.
No matter what the result of the survey, actually as citizens we can avoid or at least minimize corruption, i.e. by obeying the laws & regulations, as follows:
1) Always doing things according to the laws & regulation
2) Prepare applications for permits/licence/ID properly & in timely manner
3) Refuse to pay any "extra" payment for any public services
For example, if we violate the traffic signs we should let the Police officer to process settlement through court proceedings, therefore avoid "on the spot" settlement by bribing.
In conclusion, I would like to say that although the result of above survey shows that Corruption is still existing in Indonesia, however if we want we can avoid corruption i.e. by always obeying the laws & regulations in Indonesia.