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Religious leaders to tackle national integrity

Public officials in Indonesia urged to act in public interest

Religious leaders to tackle national integrity
Salahuddin Wahid cutting tumpeng (a cone-shaped steamed rice with turmeric and meat, mimicking the Holy Mountain) at the launch
Konradus Epa, Jakarta

January 12, 2011

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Religious leaders and activists in Indonesia launched yesterday the National Integrity Movement to fight corruption among public officials.

“The reason why we launched this movement is that this nation is now facing a big problem, which is the low level of national integrity particularly among public officials,” Albertus Magnus Putut Prabantoro, the movement’s co-founder, told after the launch on Jan. 11 in Jakarta.

The movement or GIN (Indonesian acronym) will promote the quality and awareness of national integrity through political education organized for all national elements including public officials and mass media, the Catholic layman said.

“We must be brave to criticize policy which harms and is against public interest,” said Salahuddin Wahid.

The Muslim leader and movement co-founder was speaking to about 100 participants at a discussion organized after the movement’s launch and asking them to join the initiative for the benefit for the country’s interest.

General Endriartono Sutarto, former commander-in-chief of the National Armed Forces, has expressed his support to the movement.

Meanwhile another co-founder, former chairman of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI), Reverend Natan Setiabudi said leaders have moral commitment to uphold national interest.

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