Indonesia’s President: Combating Corruption Is a “Huge Challenge” and Personal Test

Indonesia 2011

October 04, 2011

The International Reporting Project (IRP) and 11 senior U.S. editors and producers traveled to Indonesia from May 6-20, 2011, to learn more about this important country in Asia.

The Gatekeepers concluded their trip by meeting with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), the President of Indonesia, to talk about pressing issues his country faces--especially corruption, which the leader identifies as one of Indonesia's greatest weaknesses.

He comments, "We'll do our best, we are mobilizing all anti-corruption agencies--KPK, our police, our attorney general, everything--while reforming our justice system as well, because I have to admit that there are also problems in our law enforcement agencies in combating corruption. So this is a huge challenge, a huge test for me, but I believe that someday--it could be fifteen years from now, 20 years from now--Indonesia will be better."

Video by Jacob Templin.

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