korannews.com – The recent revelation of certain Indonesian officials’ luxurious lifestyles has tarnished the spirit of eradicating corruption in President Joko Widodo’s administration. The Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani agreed to restore public trust by expressing their commitment to combating corruption .”It has been discussed because actually, the Minister of Finance and I are very close, we have the same spirit. Suppose we can’t say it’s exactly the same. In that case, it’s almost the same,” Mahfud said after a meeting with Deputy Minister of Finance Suahasil Nazara and his staff at the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs in Central Jakarta on Friday.”And we have the spirit to eradicate corruption . I believe that Mrs. Sri Mulyani with all her steps and reports in the cabinet meetings also supports her. And I always speak and give signs of a smile if there are tough discussions because we have the same spirit to eradicate corruption ,” he continued.Mahfud emphasized that his investigation of the alleged money laundering case worth IDR 300 trillion in the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is his way of supporting Sri Mulyani .
Indonesia is currently facing a tax scandal, with suspicious transactions totaling over USD20 billion (Rp300 tirliun) being uncovered over a period of 14 years. This issue is causing concern regarding President Joko Widodo’s anticorruption campaign as public outrage grows.The country’s financial watchdog recently revealed dubious dealings linked to criminal activity within the Ministry of Finance from 2009 to 2023, and similar cases have emerged in other government departments. Jokowi , the president’s nickname, had promised to take stronger measures after Indonesia’s drop in the corruption index rankings last month.Attention has shifted to Sri Mulyani Indrawati, a former World Bank Managing Director, who has been the Minister of Finance twice and is a trusted ally of Jokowi . Although not involved in the scandal, she is facing calls on social media to resign. Indrawati has taken to the media to restore public confidence in the institution and ensure tax compliance before the end-of-month filing deadline.***