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A Floating City – Part 3: The Amplitude Level

by on December 30, 2009

A guy with dark brown leather jacket ascended from the stair of transit passengers which was brought by the middle-sized motorboat. Hariyanto, 27 years old, was part of the cities youth. He was born in the capital of Belitung, studied in Jakarta, and run an internet cafe and procurement services in Pontianak. “It is difficult to rely only from a single income of an internet cafe which has fluctuating users. Although shady, procurement services, particularly in information technology, are a profitable business”, Hariyanto explained. The IT package that he offered was a number of computers for high school students as well as user training and maintaining services. After 4 years, the services was ended and those computer would be owned by the school that had done the tender.

Winning a procurement service tender was a task that required a specific oblation beforehand. Hari, his nickname, admitted that he had to inconspicuously slip an ‘offering’ to the school representatives who responsible for the tender. Hari added that, “At the last tender, the school principal and his vice asked for two newest laptop as a way to smoothen my bidding”. However, under a careful calculation which included the offering in the budget line, Hari reached the break even point in less than one year. That calculation, openly and unenclosed, included ‘entertainment’ budget as well to cover the consolation of project owners. If Pontianak schoolmasters asked for laptops, then Jakarta schoolmasters would also behave in a higher degree and intensity. As a cultural approach, it was not something to be hidden. Corruption completely ramified to amplitude levels, from the central to the marginal, from the national to the local, from up to the bottom, and probably from the beginning until the end.

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