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Jakarta Post

Quo vadis public ethics?

  • D. Nicky Fahrizal


Jakarta   /   Sat, February 1, 2020   /  12:06 pm
Quo vadis public ethics? Minister of Law and Human Rights (Menkumham) Yasonna Laoly attended a Working Meeting with Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Monday (3/12/2018). (JP/Dhoni Setiawan )

Decades ago, former president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon set out a guiding principal for statesmen in a legendary quote, “My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins”. Since then that statement has become a cardinal principle for modern politicians, especially those in constitutional democracies. In reference to the principle, let us reflect on two recent, interconnected events. First, the presence of Yasonna Laoly, the law and human rights minister, in the middle of a press statement of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) executives in response to alleged bribery involving former commissioner of the General Elections Commission (KPU) Wahyu Setiawan and PDI-P politician Harun Masiku. Second, the involvement of the minister in the legal team formed by the PDI-P in response to the graft case, which is now b...

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