JAKARTA – Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani said that the Covid-19 pandemic not only poses a threat to people’s health and soul, but also about integrity. The haste of policy-making in the midst of an emergency creates the potential for corruption.
In designing pandemic management policies, Sri said the government was not in an ideal situation. The reason is, Covid-19 came without a plan and immediately spread, affecting many lines.
As a result, situations have emerged that have the potential to create moral hazard, including misappropriation of funds or corruption. “There is a threat of people committing acts of corruption or even using system weaknesses or imperfections for personal gain,” said Sri in the 2020 World Anti-Corruption Day Webinar, Thursday (10/12).
Sri said, this pandemic is testing the efforts of the government and various related stakeholders. Even when faced with unusual challenges, integrity must be maintained.
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Sri said that his party had taken several anticipatory steps from the start to prevent this. Among other things, by involving various law enforcement officials in helping oversee the handling of the pandemic. Especially those using the state treasury.
In implementing the National Economic Recovery (PEN). Sri added, the Ministry of Finance has also coordinated and synergized with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The Attorney General’s Office, the Police to the apparatus and internal control system.
“We are still cooperating with those who carry out surveys, such as research, whether these programs are right on target,” said Sri.
Apart from integrity issues, Sri said, the sudden health crisis caused by the pandemic also presented challenges related to data availability. The provision of social assistance is often constrained by the lack of complete data, from names, addresses to account numbers.
“The extraordinary system is very important and it has to be the newest. But we often don’t have that luxury,” he said.
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