KPK asks foreign firms to stop bribing officials

KPK asks foreign firms to stop bribing officials

Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Laode M Syarief (right) shook hands with Chairman of the Anti Bribery Committee of Japan (ABCJ) Kengo Nishigaki (left) at KPK Building, Jakarta, Wednesday (18/07/2018). (ANTARA /Reno Esnir)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has asked foreign companies operating in Indonesia to stop bribing government officials.

"At the meeting with the Anti Bribery Committee of Japan (ABC-J), all Japanese companies operating in Indonesia were advised to stop bribing Indonesian officials. We have also asked them to contact KPK if they find Indonesian officials or irresponsible parties collecting bribes from their client companies operating in Indonesia," KPK Deputy Chief Laode M Syarif said here on Wednesday.

Syarif made the remarks at a joint press conference with ABC-J chief, Kengo Nishigaki; ABC-J member, Tsutommu Hiraichi; and chief of the private unit task force of the education and public service directorate of the KPK, Roro Wide Sulistyowati.

ABC-J is the organization of lawyers and law experts in Japan operating under the coordination of the United Nations Global Compact.

Syarif stated that the KPK is in the process of developing and building a corruption prevention system called "Professional for Integrity" (Profit) in the private sector.

"We hope that the private sector in Indonesia will have good integrity to prevent bribing of public officials. We have formulated a manual guideline for small and medium enterprises, and we are in the process of finalizing a manual guideline for large companies. Hopefully, they will be completed this month or next month at the latest," he concluded.

Reported by Desca Lidya Natalia