UNAIR NEWS – The assembly of 62nd Dies Natalis of Universitas Airlangga on November 10, last Thursday, there was a scientific oration from Deputy Chairman of KPK, Laode M. Syarif, Ph.D. In the oration delivered in Garuda Mukti Hall, Management Office Building Campus C, Mulyorejo. Laode emphasized that corruption is not a new thing. Even in Indonesia, the people have been reminded by the first vice President, Moh. Hatta.
“Our vice president in 1961 has warned us not to let corruption be a custom in Indonesia. I wish we all free from that shackle,” said the man from Makassar.
In the oration “Optimalization of University Roles in Guarding Anti-Corruption”, the alumnus of Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar explained various corruptions happen in Indonesia, from bribery, procurement of goods and services, power abuse and finance abuse, illegal levies to money laundering. Ironically, he emphasized that the perpetrators were people who have been to college.
“So corruptions are about greed. A lot of corrupt officials are not from the poor. They have even been to college But that’s the temptation,” he said.
Most corruptions were done by people with high education, the alumnus of FH UNHAS also reminded the importance of university’s roles in guarding anti-corruption early on.
”PTN must be swift anticipating the development, including new m.o. of corruption. We have University Tri Dharma. This is why I regret it, only a few campuses discuss corruption,” he explained.
Laode M Syarif also encouraged the university to at least do four things in guarding anti-corruption agenda. They operate as anti-corruption study center, pool of experts, anti-corruption movement center and also anti-corruption education center.
“Actually, KPK expects more supports from the university regarding anti-corruption,” he said.
The university supports should be started from the university itself, such as by providing courses in anti-corruption. It is rarely done. Furthermore, it is also important to initiate students activities based on integrity and supporting anti-corruption campaign.
“But the university has to be improved first, so they won’t be ridiculed by others. University has to retain its dignity to be the role model and teacher for the nation,” said the apprentice of Baharuddin Lopa, anti-corruption activist. (*)
Author: Nuri Hermawan
Editor : Bambang Bes