INDONESIAN tax collectors will get three weeks of physical training from the president's security forces in an effort to build up the muscles and moral fibre of an organisation seen as ineffective and corrupt.
Indonesians were shocked last year by revelations of tax official Gayus Tambunan, who bribed his way out of jail while awaiting conviction for taking kickbacks to cut companies' taxes.
"It is very important to build character,” said Dedi Rudaedi, a spokesman at the tax office. "We have 32 000 employees and the majority want to make a change, they want the office to be cleaner.”
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has made fighting graft a priority while his own political party is mired in several corruption scandals.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.