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Jakarta Post

Smoke and mirrors raise threat of authoritarianism return

  • Septa Dinata


Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3, 2019   /  09:38 am
Smoke and mirrors raise threat of authoritarianism return Resistance: A Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) staff member carries flowers to be given to members of the public during a rally on the sidelines of a Car Free Day event at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta. She also holds a piece of paper with a message that highlights KPK employees’ opposition to a revision of the 2002 KPK Law, which they say will weaken the antigraft body. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The government’s nod to the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law and its pick of controversial KPK commissioner candidates have seriously undermined the credibility of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s commitment to corruption eradication. President Jokowi’s endorsement of the revised law and the new KPK commissioners stands in contrast to his election campaign, in which he solemnly promised to strengthen the KPK. Following a wave of demonstrations against the KPK Law revision for more than a week, the President recently signaled he might issue a government regulation in lieu of law that will annul the amendment. It is deeply ironic, however,that a president who received massive support from the activists who initiated the Reform Era in 1998 put the KPK, one of the most important bodies established in the spirit of reformasi&...

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