Bandung has added yet another highlight to its calendar, with the capital city of West Java being chosen to host the Anti-Corruption Festival 2015 next month.
Bandung city secretary Yosi Irianto said on Wednesday that the festival was a joint production by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Bandung City Council and the Anti-Corruption Festival 2015 community consortium.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to open the festival, which will take place on Dec. 10 and 11.
“It is a [very] positive thing that Bandung has been chosen to host the festival. We hope Bandung can serve as an example for not only other administrations, but for other sectors also,” Yosi said as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Bandung was chosen because the city, known as “Paris van Java”, was considered excellent in terms of public participation, infrastructure availability and improved corruption prevention.
Yosi said that in the last few years, the Bandung administration had taken a range of graft prevention measures. The city also received an award from the KPK last year for graft control and on-schedule financial report.
Last year’s event was held in Yogyakarta and was filled with art activities. This year, the KPK is collaborating with creative communities in Bandung for the event.
The KPK’s education and public service director Sujanarko said the anti-graft commission aimed to attract more public participation at the festival.
“The KPK could not work by itself. We want everyone to have an active role in the early prevention of corruption from the ground up,” he said.
Source: Jakarta Post