Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Indonesian Church leaders and lay movements have
launched a campaign against corruption in the country and the Church itself. The
Bishops' Conference (KWI) and the Bhumiksara Foundation, a year since the first meeting, organised a three-day seminar titled 'Ethical Leadership Workshop'. Ronnie
V. Amorado, executive director of the Filipino corruption watchdog EheM!,
steered the event. Founded by the Jesuits, EheM! is active throughout
The seminar was established to answer a basic question, event's
organisers said. "At what level can a movement or body start a 'war' on
corruption?" For the 33 participants, priests, scholars, business people and
others, the answer lies in the promotion of "good habits", including good
governance and clean public administration based on honesty and transparency.
During the three days, participants heard one proposal that caught their
attention, namely the creation of working groups that would network and share
ideas about how to fight corruption. Such a strategy is backed by the KWI and the
Bhumiksara Foundation, a non-profit association set up by the late Fr AM
Kuylaars Kadarman SJ together with some lay people about 20 years ago.
In his address, activist Ronnie V. Amorado presented a four-step model
adopted by his association in the Philippines to fight corruption. The four
steps are hands-on experience, analysis, reflection, and action.
Corruption is one of most serious problems in Asia. In countries like Indonesia,
Cambodia, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the problem touches the public
sector, big companies but also ordinary people with costs that run in the
billions of dollars.
Every year, governments announce new committees to fight the problem. But
more often than not, such bodies provide more opportunities for certain
political factions to pursue their own interests.