Corruption is increasingly rising in Indonesia at this time allowing with the former prisoners of corruption cases who run for legislative candidates. This problem then studied more deeply by the Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) in the form of a Public Discussion on “Political Corruption in Modern Countries” that was presented Mahfud MD (Legal Politics Expert), Febri Diansyah (KPK Spokesman), and Donal Fariz (Coordinator of ICW's Political Corruption Division) as the speakers of the event in order to explain the meaning of political corruption that is rife in Indonesia. The discussion was held at the Auditorium Building of UNP on Monday (September 25, 2018).
In this precarious situation, Indonesia needs a numbers of seeds to fight corruption, especially political corruption which has been rife since 2015. "Political corruption is corruption that is carried out by using positions and power", Mahfud said in front of thousands of students.
Leaders have an important role in combating political corruption, so that Mahfud expects the leaders to be assertive, courageous, and clean from corruption as same as the Red and White symbol in Indonesia flag especially on dealing with the crucial political corruption issue. “Regarding to the permission of former prisoners of corruption cases to run for legislative candidates, it must be accompanied by the conditions that have been determined before by Indonesian law”, Mahfud said.
The Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri Ph.D., confirmed that UNP must be free from practical politics. The existence of the Corner of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) which located in the Central Library will help to eradicate practical politics that enters to the campus. UNP itself actually has long been cooperating with the KPK. It is expected that students from year to year will be increasingly excited to be activists of anti-corruption.
The public discussion was opened with the setting up of anti-corruption pins for each student and officer representative within UNP. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by Shilva Lioni)