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Stance on KPK inquiry plan worsens Golkar internal rift

  • Margareth S. Aritonang
    Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, May 16, 2017 | 08:00 pm
Stance on KPK inquiry plan worsens Golkar internal rift Under fire: Golkar Party chairman and House Speaker Setya Novanto (right) and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum attend court proceedings as witnesses in a bribery case involving e-ID card procurement in Jakarta in April. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Differences of opinion concerning a House of Representatives plan to investigate the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has worsened an internal rift within the Golkar Party.

The newly appointed chief of the Golkar faction at the House, Robert Kardinal, announced on Tuesday the party had withdrawn a previous decision to reject a House initiative to investigate the anti-graft body.

“The decision was made without first consulting us and all party members,” Robert said on the sidelines of a closed-door meeting at Golkar’s headquarters on Monday evening.

(Read also: Golkar is fine, executive chief says)

To demonstrate its rejection of the KPK inquiry, Golkar earlier refused to appoint representatives to a House inquiry committee, which would be established soon, in an official letter signed by Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, secretary of the Golkar faction at the House.

Robert said Golkar’s rejection of the inquiry, which he considered to be a rush decision, was driven by worries that the public would view such support as a move to weaken the KPK.  

“Examining the KPK doesn’t necessarily mean that we are anti-KPK,” he told The Jakarta Post.  He added that Golkar would announce its final stance on the KPK inquiry plan later.

Robert was recently appointed to replace Kahar Muzakir, who refused to support a House plan to demand the government revoke a travel ban imposed on Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto over his alleged role in a mega corruption case involving e-ID card procurement. (ebf)

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