Brain, beauty and behaviour are a glamorous terms used primarily by beauty contests to describe three characters that look difficult to co-exist: beauty, brain and behaviour. Angelina Sondakh, Putri Indonesia 2001 who used to represent Indonesia in Miss Universe at the same year desperately and proudly wanted to show how wrong people assumption are. In her official website, she points out that she is the one of the rare women who even can have four rare characters at the same time: beauty, brain, behaviour and blessed.
She might be right in her self-depiction about the first two: beauty and brain. As a member of DPR (Indonesia’s MP/lawmakers) and the ruling party’s Partai Demokrat’s elites she should be brainy enough to get there and to be able to stick in the policitians circle. But behaviour? Wait a second. If behavior means honesty and integrity, her self-proclaim as a good behaviour women means nothing but wishful thinking. As yesterday the prosecutor has indicted him for 20 years imprisonment for alleged corruption.
“What the defendant did by receiving money from [Muhammad Nazaruddin’s] Permai Group is against… the 1999 Law on Corruption Eradication,” says Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor Agus Salim said in his opening remarks before the Anti-Corruption Court as quoted by The Jakarta Globe.
Angelina allegedly participated in a bid-rigging scheme to ensure that the construction contracts for a South East Asian Games athletes’ village were awarded to Permai Group, a company owned by Nazaruddin that has been implicated in numerous corruption cases.
Angelina Sondakh faces three big different corruption charges that could make her stay in jail for life. Fajar daily reports:
Dakwaan pertama, Perbuatan terdakwa merupakan tindak pidana sebagaimna diatur dalam pasal 12 huruf a jo. Pasal 18 Undang-undnag Nomor 31tahun 1999 tentang pemberantasan Tindak Pidana Korupsi Sebagaimana telah diubah dengan Undang-undang Nomor : 20 Tahun 2011 tentang perubahan atas Undang-undang Nomor 31 tahun 1999 tentang Pemberantasan Tindak Pidana Korupsi jo. Pasal 64 ayat (1) KUHP
Dakwan kedua, “Perbuatan terdakwa merupakan tindak pidana sebagaimna diatur dalam pasal 5 ayat (2). Pasal 5 ayat (1) huruf a jo. Pasal 18 uu no 31 tentang pemberantasan tindak pidana korupsi sebagaimna telah diubah dengan Uu no 20 tahun 2001 tentang perubahan atas UU 31 tahun 1999 tentan pemberantasan tindak pidana korupsi jo. Pasal 64 ayat (1) KUHP
Dakwaan ketiga, “Perbuatan terdakwa merupakan tindak pidana sebagaimna diatur dalam pasal 11 jo. Pasal 18 uu no 31 tentang pemberantasan tindak pidana korupsi sebagaimna telah diubah dengan Uu no 20 tahun 2001 tentang perubahan atas UU 31 tahun 1999 tentan pemberantasan tindak pidana korupsi jo. Pasal 64 ayat (1) KUHP
Angie, as she’s popularly called, is just one among many corrupt politicians and officials in Indonesia. Corruption practices in Indonesia is so massive from top to bottom that people with real honesty and dignity are reluctant and shame to be a government official (PNS – pegawai negeri sipil) because one you are there you will be or have to be part of them. It is no different between Indonesia during the Suharto’s era (Orba) and now in the era of Reformasi when Indonesians enjoy freedom and democracy which logically should create a lot better people to run this country.
The Economist put it best about Indonesia’s post Suharto situation:
… despite being 13 years removed from the fall of Indonesian dictator Suharto’s corrupt regime in 1998, opportunistic government officials, lawmakers and businessmen continue to collude on the awarding of state contracts, budget funds, big business deals, and even tax breaks in exchange for a piece of the action. This is an embarrassment for the world’s third-largest democracy and a leading emerging economy.
KPK and MK
Many Indonesians who have foreign friends or often make a trip or two to outside Indonesia don’t have a proud feeling when talk about Indonesia since they feel nothing to be proud of expect two: KPK (Komisi Pemeberantasan Korupsi – Corruption Eradication Commission) and MK (Mahkamah Konstitusi – Constitutional Court). Both institituons are the best invention of Indonesia’s Reformasi and so far the two institution has done Indonesians proud. They both represent Indonesian’s hopes towards the better Indonesia ahead.