In Djakarta yesterday (Tuesday), Indonesia's President Suharto told student leaders he would hold open every Saturday morning for students and citizens who had worthwhile suggestions to put forward for combatting corruption in the country.
In Djakarta yesterday (Tuesday), Indonesia's President Suharto told student leaders he would hold open every Saturday morning for students and citizens who had worthwhile suggestions to put forward for combatting corruption in the country. He made the promise when he invited 20 representatives from all major student groups to a marathon three and a half hour debate at the Presidential Palace.
The meeting followed threats by militant groups in Djakarta to stage demonstrations and show trials unless the Government took forceful measures to crush corruptions. Observers saw the meeting as President Suharto's second attempt in four days to pacify the students groups.
President Suharto has also promised to meet the students' first demand that the report of a special commission set up to investigate corruption in Indonesia be made public. He told the students yesterday that new anti-corruption legislation had been drafted and would be presented to him today by Professor Senoadji, the Minister for justice. The bill would be put before the next session of parliament next month for quick implementation.
President Suharto told the student leaders the agreed that corruption was rampant in Indonesia. But he strongly denied charges that the Government was doing nothing about it. He said he would listen to all sections of the community on advice they had to offer but would not tolerate violent demonstrations.
Later in the day, the Indonesia Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, met with diplomats from eight asian and pacific countries to follow up decisions made at the may conference in Djakarta on Cambodia. He handed them copies of the report of the three-nation task forces set up by the May meeting.
Mr. Malik told newsman afterwards that he could not reveal the contents of the report until it was forwarded to the governments of the conference countries. However, he said he was optimistic a peaceful settlement could be found in Cambodia
The ambassadors who attended were from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea.