Pain but no gain: Indonesia's corruption crackdown

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By Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian bureaucrats are holding off spending billions of dollars on everything from schools and clinics to garbage trucks and parking meters, fearful that any major expenditure could come under the scanner of fervent anti-corruption fighters. The paralysis is so bad that President Joko Widodo, desperate to pull Southeast Asia's largest economy out of a slump, is considering a decree that would shield civil servants from graft busters until big-ticket projects are completed. "There are concerns of criminalisation," Boediarso Teguh Widodo, the finance ministry's director general of regional budgetary spending, told Reuters.