KPK to meet NasDem, Democrats on preventing corruption in RI politics
Kharishar Kahfi and Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
Members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are set to meet with Democratic Party and NasDem Party politicians on Wednesday to discuss possible cooperation to attain integrity in Indonesian politics.
KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang said that fellow deputy chair Basaria Pandjaitan and other KPK leadership would visit the Democratic Party headquarters, while KPK deputy chairman of graft prevention Pahala Nainggolan would visit to the NasDem Party office.
“The discussion aims to shape the mindset of the political parties' members so they can become cadres who have integrity. Political parties are the future of this country and we [the KPK] want to ask them to join hands in our efforts to ‘accelerate’ the realization of a country with integrity that is free of corruption,” Saut told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Wednesday.
KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said the discussion was being held as part of the commission’s preventive measures for corruption.
Since August, the KPK’s graft prevention team has met with representatives of the central executive boards of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Gerindra Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Hanura Party.
“In principle, this is a commitment to strengthen and urge internal reform within the parties,” Febri said.
He said the KPK would pay special attention to ethics codes, transparent recruitment systems and accountable financial systems of the country's political parties.
“We hope that political parties, as a pillar of democracy, will play an important part in the efforts to eradicate corruption for improving people's welfare.” (ebf)
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