Monday, March 31, 2003
Indonesian police told to grow vegetables to avoid corruption.
Cash-strapped police shaking down citizens for some of the green stuff is part of daily life in Indonesia. To reel back graft, a police chief wants his officers to develop green thumbs instead.
Bogor Police Col. Anton Bachrul Alam said Friday he was encouraging officers to grow tomatoes, lettuce and flowers at home to supplement their often meagre income.
"Their official wages are barely enough to live on. It's better than extorting people or taking bribes," he said.
And what would be better still, surely, would be paying them a decent wage?