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Indonesia’s corruption crackdown

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesian bureaucrats are holding off spending billions of dollars on everything from schools and clinics to garbage trucks and parking meters, fearful that any major expenditure could come under the scanner of fervent anti corruption fighters.

Construction workers pour concrete on a section of buy canada goose jacket cheap an elevated highway under construction in Jakarta December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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are concerns of criminalisation, Boediarso Teguh Widodo, the finance ministry director general of regional budgetary spending, told Reuters. order to overcome this issue, the government has been asking relevant agencies calm down and not investigate until projects are finished.

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realize our handling (of such cases) can be improved, said Amiryanto, a spokesman for the AGO. don intend to criminalize. We only want to follow the law.

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By contrast, the KPK biggest catches were three cabinet ministers of the previous administration and the chief of the constitutional court, all of whom were charged in cases ranging from bribery to marking up government procurement contracts.

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Additional reporting by Hidayat Setiaji and Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja; Editing by John Chalmers and Raju Gopalakrishnan.