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Jakarta Post

Revision of KPK law not a ploy to weaken KPK: Deputy House speaker

  • Dylan Amirio

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17, 2015   /  12:43 pm

House of Representatives'€™ deputy speaker Taufik Kurniawan says that the revision of the 2002 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law is already underway and stresses that the revision should not be subject to unnecessary speculation.

'€œThe revision of the KPK law is already agreed upon by the government. Don'€™t link every attempt to revise a law with anything other than the fact that it is a fairly normal procedure that happens according to the situation in the field,'€ the National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker said on Wednesday.

He emphasized that there should also not be any assumptions toward the idea that the House of Representatives is purposefully trying to weaken the KPK through the revision.

Amidst rumors that the wiretapping clause within the KPK law would be taken out, Taufik explained that it is too soon to say whether the clause will be erased or modified, as the revision process is still ongoing.

'€œThat kind of decision can only be carried out if all parties and all party factions agree to it. Despite the Law and Human Rights Ministry saying that it would do something with the clause, it still is not confirmed by House leaders. It is simply too soon to assess the dynamics,'€ he said.

On Tuesday, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H Laoly insisted that the 2002 KPK Law revision be included in the list of the House'€™s priority bills because of the urgency for revision of Indonesia'€™s anticorruption efforts.

According to Laoly, the wiretapping clause may be modified because it may cause human rights violations, suggesting that wiretapping should only be allowed judicially. (hhr)(+++)

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