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Jakarta Post

KPK chairman asks Jokowi not to amend KPK Law

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 4, 2017   /   10:35 am
KPK chairman asks Jokowi not to amend KPK Law Closer cooperation: Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Asman Abnur (center) and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo speak to journalists in a press conference in Jakarta on March 31. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo has officially asked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to cancel the plan to amend Law No.30/2002 on the KPK. He submitted his request during a meeting between KPK commissioners and Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres) members at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

“Any attempts to weaken the KPK should be rejected. The KPK needs to be strengthened. One way to strengthen the body is by not revising the KPK Law,” said Agus as quoted by after the meeting.

(Read also: Wantimpres stands against KPK Law revision plan)

He said President Jokowi should instead focus on the government’s efforts to improve the 2001 Corruption Eradication Law because it still had many weaknesses. Several elements related to corrupt acts that had not yet been regulated in the law included asset recovery, sectors of corruption, influence peddling cases and illegal self-enrichment.

“We hope, if it [the 2001 Corruption Eradication Law] can be amended, we can do better, conduct more massive and effective corruption prevention and prosecution measures,” Agus said.

Presidential spokesperson Johan Budi Saptopribowo, who is also a former KPK spokesperson, said that President Jokowi had not yet taken a stance on the matter.

“As of today, there have been no official talks between the House and the government, or with the President. The amendment of the 2002 KPK Law is still being discussed at the House,” said Johan. (mrc/ebf)