Guest Lecture: Eradicating Corruption in the Midst of COVID-19

The Master of Law Study Program, Faculty of Law, Universitas Brawijaya (FH UB) held a guest lecture by inviting Adnan Topan Husodo, S.Pd., M.A. as Coordinator of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

Entitled “Eradicating Corruption in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, the guest lecture was held online through Zoom and YouTube FH UB, Wednesday (17/3/2021).

There were dozens of participants in this guest lecture, which was attended by students of Master of Law batch 2017 to 2020.

In this occasion, Adnan said that eradicating corruption in the pandemic era faced many challenges.

The Indonesian people were shocked by the OTT (catch- hand operation) by KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) in relation to the policy of providing social assistance for people affected by COVID-19.

“Corruption of the COVID-19 social assistance has made us aware that there is something wrong with managing the corruption prevention system during the pandemic,” said Adnan.

Many problems have arisen in managing COVID-19 policies. The handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is very closed, there is no budget transparency, minimal accountability for planning and program implementation, giving too much discretion to public officials to make decisions, and unclear mechanisms for oversight, monitoring evaluation, and fraud control. These various problems create a greater potential for corruption in disaster management, including in law enforcement.

Adnan also revealed that there are two critical path points to prevent corruption in the COVID-19 policy monitoring system.

First, project planning, how policies respond to a pandemic are carried out, formulated, planned, and decided. In this regard, the role of parliament is greatly reduced as the executive branch is encouraged to make the decisions needed to immediately deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second, on-going project. When projects to handle COVID-19 are carried out, there will be more supervisory roles, for example, supervision from Ombudsman, LKPP, KPPU, Press / Media, civil society, law enforcement officials, and the Government Internal Supervisory Apparatus (APIP). [Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]