Quo Vadis Law Enforcement in Indonesia?

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I was born and grew up in Indonesia. As Indonesian, I am proud of my country but at the same time, I also feel embarrassed and disappointed. Indonesia is a country which is rich with diverse cultures and natural resources. Indonesian people are also well-known for their hospitality. So, I am really proud of Indonesia for those assets. On the other hand, I am also embarrassed and disappointed with my country in terms of law enforcement. I think law enforcement in Indonesia is dying now, waiting for its death. Why do I come up with that opinion? The following details are my reasons. 

First, the government apparatus in law enforcement are considered so dirty that they have become the weakest part in the law enforcement itself. Corrupt government apparatus in this country are like a vicious cycle. It’s hard to eradicate a bunch of these greedy and shameless creatures since they try to protect each other within their cycle. It’s even worse if these pains in the neck come from law enforcement institutions like Polri or Kejaksaan Agung. We have seen many examples of these dirty cops and attorneys in the last few months. Yet, the authorities of the two institutions still turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to public opinion about the negative reputation of their institutions. They don’t want to change and seem to be immune to constructive criticisms.

Next, poor leadership of our president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is another factor that hampers law enforcement. He has a military background which normally can shape someone to be strict and decisive.  However, this likely doesn’t happen to him. He remains a character that always has reservation in making any decisions. The conflict between Gen. Susno Duadji and some High Rank Officers in Polri is a clear example. Gen. Susno Duadji is a whistle blower revealing corruption in Taxation Office that involves some High Rank Officers in Polri. Instead of being protected, he is accused of receiving bribe from one of the defendants and is sent to jail. In one of his speeches, the president said he would be the first person in the front line to eradicate corruption. Yet, in Gen. Susno Duadji’s case, he remains calm and doesn’t take any necessary action toward this injustice.

In short, it is obvious that law enforcement in Indonesia is heading towards dead end. Unless there is a massive reform, law enforcement will remain poor and slowly dies. Well…We don’t want it to happen, do we?


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