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Jakarta Post

Trust must be earned: Selection of KPK supervisors

  • Patrick Grene and Muhammad Ikhsan Alia


Padang   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  09:11 am
Trust must be earned: Selection of KPK supervisors The KPK can only flourish where its independence is guaranteed. If it becomes answerable to the executive it is supposed to oversee, under the orders of government cronies chosen for political convenience, the notion that it could offer any real resistance to corruption would be laughable. (JP/Donny Fernando)

“Trust me,” said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. This choice of words was peculiar, as they refer directly to a broken promise. Jokowi had agreed to remove an amendment to the law governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). His promise to do so relieved the concerns of thousands of protesters. But then Jokowi announced that he was revoking his agreement, and now demanded the trust of the people regarding his selection of candidates for the executive-appointed KPK oversight committee established by the controversial amendment. The amendment is widely perceived as hostile to the intent and purpose of the KPK. It subjects the KPK to oversight by a body appointed directly by the President, and integrates the KPK into the civil service, which answers to the executive branch. This is a direct denial of the KPK’s independency, and would allow the g...

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