PAN to withdraw from KPK inquiry committee
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
The Jakarta Post
The House of Representatives’ inquiry committee into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is unlikely to be supported by the National Mandate Party (PAN) as its lawmakers indicated the party’s disappointment at the committee’s performance on Thursday, only three days after the Gerindra Party withdrew its support from the inquiry team.
Yandri Susanto, secretary of the party’s faction at the House, said PAN was evaluating the committee’s performance, asserting it was likely the party would retract its lawmakers because the committee appeared to have an agenda of weakening the KPK.
The plan was discussed during a party meeting on Wednesday evening, the lawmaker said.
“If we find that the committee’s work is not in line with our expectations, it is possible we will withdraw our members from the team,” Yandri said on Thursday. “The evaluation is still ongoing, but the talks have been directed to a possible withdrawal,” he added.
Yandri further said the party’s intention to withdraw its support was based on voter opinion about the House’s planned inquiry into the KPK, which they believe is “not objective”.
On Monday, Gerindra sent a letter signed by faction chairman Ahmad Muzani, in which it officially informed the House leadership that it had withdrawn from the inquiry team as of July 24. The party’s decision was prompted by the lack of a legal basis for the establishment of the inquiry committee. (kuk/ebf)
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