Thursday, November 5, 2009

Public Officials' Honor

On April 1989, the Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshia resigned because a member of his Liberal Democratic Party was involved in a corruption case.

On May 2007, the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Toshikatsi Matsuoka committed suicide because he was ashamed when the public questioned his corruptible policy.

The above two gentlemen were very good examples of public officials who are very dedicated and passionate therefore accountable in doing their jobs, that they cannot stand feeling guilty because they have not done their job properly and honestly.

For detailed media reports, please click here, here and here.

I wonder whether or not public officials in Indonesia would ever go as far as what their above counter parts in Japan have done. Frankly speaking, I don't know the answer.


colson said...

Taking a positive perspective: maybe this KPK-gate is part of the necessary process of a maturing democracy has to go through.

For now tt would definitely help if the culprits would say 'sorry', resign ( or getting sacked) and await the prosecution and verdict in court. Suicide is a bit overdoing it I guess - a dead (wo-)man can't be held accountable for his (her) misdemeanor.

H. Nizam said...


The problem is that instead of saying sorry they are denying and strike back by repeating accusations that are based on false testimony of a witness.

It is this stubbornness that made me compare with the suicide made by the Japanese minister.

Rob Baiton said...


Accountability and shame. Until there is a point that there is real shame attached to being corrupt, then things will never change as fast as many seem to want them to.

For example, Indonesia maintained a fella who was in jail for corruption as the Head of their National Football Federation, right? And, then he was elected to head up Dekopin as well.

You can never eradicate corruption, human nature will always intervene, but you can reduce it to next to nothing through attaching shame to the crime.

H. Nizam said...


You are right, if there is no real shame attached to being corrupt then changes would not come fast.
That former PSSI head is one example.
On top of that, there should be a very serious political will to fight corruption, otherwise the result would be just the same as before.

Wiwied said...

hm,,,,, hard to think... but so deep.... maybe that's the differences of habit and mistakes... habit makes you forget but mistakes make you feeling shame most... deep, deep, deep

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H. Nizam said...

The problem is that some people either do not realize that they have make mistakes or they knew but tried to hide them from other people.

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