Corruption Starts at an Early Age…

5 Mar

In Indonesia, corruption is a major problem. People are busy trying to find an effective solution to stop corruption in the “higher level” such as in the government or in big companies. However, not many people realise that corruption starts from an early age due to lack of education from the environment or within the family.

My mother remembered that once she saw a young boy, about 8 years old, riding a motorcycle – without his helmet on, and when the police stopped him, he quickly grabbed some money to bribe the policeman. What went through my mother’s mind were two things = why did his parents let him drive that motorcycle – without a helmet, and who taught him to bribe at such an early age?

Cheating at school is also something that could lead to corruption. So it’s not only in the government or in big companies. Even having a fake drivers licence is a form of cheating which is similar to corruption. If Indonesia wants to stop corruption, we should stop just looking from the top, but start concentrating on problems at the bottom as well. We should look into our bad habits. Now, corruption is a part of our culture. It is that bad. Please don’t teach children how to cheat, teach them how to work hard, teach them how to do their work properly. No matter how much of a small deal we cheat, it can lead to behaviour which can disadvantage so many other people.



2 Responses to “Corruption Starts at an Early Age…”

  1. Adrien May 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I know someone who tried to get his driver’s license in an honest way, but the police made the test so impossible that no one passed. He had to bribe the guy to pass him, he didn’t have a lot of choice. Also, one time, my mom wanted to buy a perfume in one of the biggest dept store in the city. The saleswoman told her she will give her a massive discount if she pay by cash and receive no receipt. I thought I should share these stories.

    • watatita May 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

      oh dear, the Indonesian system encourages us to corrupt! that’s even worse! Yeah, we’re all guilty of bribing at least once in our lives, but usually when we know that there’s a glitch in our system. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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