A few thoughts for Corruptors

Corruptors are real persons. They can be our brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunties, uncles, sons, daughters, other relatives, close friends, teachers, bosses, neighbors, or even ourselves. So are bribers or suborners.

This posting is only a few thoughts intended for those who happen to be corruptors, or are part of the corruptors' inner circles. It may also be useful though for those who will be corruptors, as life sometime gives us not many choices.

Many corruptors are actually good men or women. They really are. They cried, even only in their hearts and only for a few seconds, for their deeds and for the lack of strength they had to avoid it.

Now that they have the hot money in their hands, in many different forms, and in many different places or countries. What shall they do with the money to lessen the pains? Normally, it's not comfortable for them to give the money back to the government coffers, unless they are caught, prosecuted, found guilty and ordered to return it, and go to jail.

Experts say that GDP growth of 6% plus a few decimals is only sufficient to create positions equal to the number of new job seekers entering the job market every year. There are, however, already around 10 million people with no jobs struggling to find a place to work, and another 30 million people are partially employed. It's about 40% of our total workforce. It's huge.

The government optimistically forecasts a 6.8% of economic growth for 2008, up from 6.3% for this year, despite the slow down in global economy.
It's still however far than enough to reduce the high number of unemployment rate, and number of people who live under poverty line which stood around 40 million, some even say 100 million or almost half of our population.

One of the drivers of the economic growth is consumer spending. The more we spend money to purchase products or services, up to certain level, the better it will be for the economy. The challenge is then how to increase the consumer spending to purchase local products instead of imported ones. This will help local industry to grow, improve their production technology and competitiveness, and create more permanent jobs.

The message to corruptors, and the corruptors' family members, is simple and clear: spend your money to help the local economy to grow. Bring into the country the money deposited in overseas banks, sell overseas properties, convert them into rupiahs, and spend them to help the local industry.

Since there are huge number of corruptors and would be corruptors in the country, there's a tremendous potential economic power in their hands.

Corruptors will still probably be punished for the corruption acts they committed, but they still can be proud of themselves for the little contribution they may give to the fellow countrymen.
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