As reported in most Indonesian daily newspapers this week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is clearly fed up with poor service and numerous reports of corrupt practice by the Nation's immigration corps. Putting immigration on official notice "to stop embarrassing Indonesia," Yudhoyono has issued orders to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately clean up the immigration department which forms a part of that Ministry's portfolio.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, the President said: "I want an immediate clean up of immigration. Investigate and reform! Those discovered to be involved in criminal activities must be vigorously prosecuted. We cannot tolerate this. Nobody in our country is allowed (to make immigration) into a money making body."
To move forward with his plan for a general clean up of the Country's immigration agencies the President has ordered the National Head of Police, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights and the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration to get busy and reform immigration services, involving the Attorney General in the team if needed.
The President's considerable ire on the subject has seemingly been provoked by feedback he has received directly from foreign businessmen who have complained of illegal levies and roughshod treatment when passing through immigration.
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