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Competition watchdog suspends operation as House fails to elect commissioners   

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 28, 2018   /   01:39 pm
Competition watchdog suspends operation as House fails to elect commissioners    The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) office in Jakarta. (Kontan/Daniel Prabowo)

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) is temporary closed as of Wednesday after the House of Representatives rejected to confirm any of the KPPU candidates, who were submitted by the government in November, 2017.

Business group Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairman Shinta W. Kamdani criticized the House for its reluctance to hold a fit and proper test of the KPPU commissioner candidates.  “We have called for the immediate election of the new commissioners,” she said as reported by kompas.com.

Meanwhile, head of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) expert team Sutrisno Iwantoro said although the KPPU’s decisions were often counterproductive to businesses, its existence was legal under Law No. 5/1999 on the prohibition of monopolies and unhealthy business competition.

“The House should buy time. The President carried out his constitutional obligation by submitting the KPPU candidates. The ball is in the House’ court,” Sutrisno.

In November 2017, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo submitted 18 KPPU candidates to the House, which is required to elect nine as KPPU commissioners.

The office term of the outgoing KPPU commissioners ended on Dec. 27, 2017. The President extended their terms until Feb. 28. But the President had not issued any decree to extend the commissioners’ terms as of Tuesday night.

Previously, House Commission VI chairman Teguh Juwarno argued that the commission had not held fit and proper tests for the 18 KPPU commissioner candidates, as lawmakers saw many irregularities in the selection of the candidates. (bbn)