Mahfud: Our Political Recruitment System is Still Corrupt

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The former chairman of the Constitutional Court Mahfud MD urged immediate improvement of the political recruitment system to realize products and enforce fair law in Indonesia. Today, a poor political recruitment system is a major problem for the nation.

"Our political recruitment system is still corrupt. Still using dowry money," Mahfud said at the National Seminar entitled "Pancasila and State Defense" at the State Islamic University (UIN) of Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Friday (2/11) afternoon.

According to Mahfud, poor political recruitment will in turn produce bad legal or legislative products accompanied by poor implementation. "Because the law is a political product. If the politics are good, the legal product is also good," he said.

He gave an example to nominate himself as regent or governor, on average, had to receive funds from the cukong. Thus, when elected as regent or governor, one must inevitably think of returning the funds.

"Finally, they were willing to accept bribes to issue logging permits, mining exploration. The permits were made by people who were 'held hostage'," said Mahfud who is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Pancasila Ideology Development Board (BPIP).

Mahfud said that to date the position of Indonesia's corruption perception index score is still at number 37, which means it is still classified as bad. However, the score is far better than in the New Order era which is still in number 2, which means very bad.

"From a score range of 0-100 Indonesian corruption perception index 37. If you go to elementary school, junior high school, and senior high school, you will not pass in number 51. Moreover, this is still 37, we are still far from graduating," he said.

Therefore, according to him, immediately needed to improve the political recruitment system. However, improving the political recruitment system cannot be done if it is only done individually.

"We must have the courage to change the pattern of political recruitment. We must be aware of everything. We talk like this not individuals but there must be a collective awareness," he said.
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