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Jakarta Post

House's inquiry perceived as tool to weaken KPK: Survey

  • Safrin La Batu and Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 12, 2017   /   03:29 pm
House's inquiry perceived as tool to weaken KPK: Survey In this Sept. 28 file photo, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo (center) poses with Save the KPK Coalition members after a Jakarta press conference. The group met with KPK leaders to express support for the antigraft body, which has faced political attacks from lawmakers. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A recent survey has shown that the public views the House of Representatives' ongoing controversial inquiry into the performance of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as an attempt to weaken the antigraft body.

The survey was commissioned by pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia from Sept. 17 – 24.
The survey first asked 1,220 respondents across Indonesia whether they had heard about the House's inquiry, and found that 67 percent of respondents said they knew nothing about it.

However, among the 33 percent who were aware of the issue, 55 percent believed the inquiry would undermine the KPK's power, while only 28 percent believed it would instead strengthen the KPK and the remaining 17 percent were undecided.

The survey also found that around 52 percent of respondents said the House's inquiry team would hinder the KPK's ongoing investigation into the high-profile electronic identity (e-ID) cards graft case that has implicated dozens of politicians.

"They believe the inquiry will likely hamper the efforts [of the KPK] to investigate the case," Indikator's executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said on Wednesday.

Previously, numerous anticorruption activists have voiced opposition to the House's inquiry, accusing lawmakers of trying to meddle with the KPK's investigation into the e-ID case. (ipa)