Corruption is a real threat that could hamper the country’s development, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said.

In his remarks to address the International Anti-corruption Day and International Human Rights Day in Jakarta on December 9, the President said that raising people’s awareness is the first step to eradicate corruption.

He urged concerned agencies and people to increase supervision and management on public purchases and services that could be the sources leading to corruption.

He affirmed the government’s strong commitment to the anti-corruption drive, saying that corruption has impacted on statement management and the economy’s competitiveness as well as led to poverty and low standard of people’s living conditions.

According to the President, Indonesia has achieved encouraging results in the fight against corruption.

Corruption Eradication Commission has successfully uncovered several corruption cases involving high ranking officials and parliament member in the last one year.-VNA