The weakness of the career pattern system for Civil Servants (PNS/ASN) has been repeatedly exploited by regional leaders as a source of side income. Some regional leaders have been convicted for receiving bribes. That said, the punishments have not provided a significant deterrent effect. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has already arrested several regional leaders in similar cases this year. The most recent being the case involving the Regent of Probolinggo in East Java. There have been seven cases of positions trading in the past five years, including the one uncovered last week.
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