Indonesian official fired over typing error

An official who mistyped the official name of Indonesia’s  anti-corruption agency to suggest that it protects corrupt officials has been fired, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said.

A photo showing the letter from the Home Affairs Ministry to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), but with the name of the organization changed to the Corruption Protection Commission, has made rounds on the internet.

Tjahjo said on Twitter that the error was deliberate and an act of sabotage by a ministry official, whom he did not name.

“Today the Ministry of Home Affairs fired the employee who is believed to have deliberately mistyped the letter to the KPK,” the minister said.

“The ministry has formally written an apology to the KPK,” he added, describing the incident as embarrassing.

Indonesia has made progress in fighting endemic graft since the KPK was established in 2003 with the power to arrest and detain suspects.

The commission has prosecuted former ministers, governors, legislators and central bank chiefs, with a conviction rate of nearly 100 per cent.

Anti-graft campaigners say there have been attempts by powerful forces to undermine the agency.

Indonesia ranked 88th out of 168 countries in the 2015 corruption perception index released by Transparency International, with number one being the least corrupt.

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