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Yogyakarta activist walks backward to spread anticorruption message

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, March 14, 2018   /   06:48 pm
Yogyakarta activist walks backward to spread anticorruption message Fighting corruption: Jogja Corruption Watch (ICW) activist Baharuddin Kamba walks backward from the Yogyakarta Monument on March 14 to show support for the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) plan to announce the names of regional head candidates implicated in corruption cases. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Graft-watchdog Jogja Corruption Watch (JCW) activist Baharuddin Kamba walked backwards on Wednesday to call on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to immediately announce the names of the regional head candidates who are implicated in corruption cases.

“This is to show my support for the KPK and to call on it to immediately announce which regional head candidates it plans to name as suspects,” Bahar said on Wednesday.

As members of the public prepare to cast their ballots in the upcoming concurrent regional elections, he said they had the right to know whether or not their regional head candidates were implicated in corruption cases.

From Feb.15 to June 26, campaign activities and public debates will be held in the 171 provinces, regencies and municipalities holding regional head elections.

Bahar wore a suit and tie with banknote-like paper placed around his body. He walked 500 meters south beginning from the Yogyakarta Monument.

“These [fake] banknotes are attached to illustrate how costly it is to hold regional head elections that in many cases are marred by corruption,” he said.  His act attracted the attention of bystanders and motorists on Jl.Margoutomo.

On Monday, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said the commission would announce the names of several regional head candidates implicated in corruption cases.

Shortly after Agus made the statement, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto called on the KPK chairman to delay the announcement, claiming that it would disrupt the regional head elections set to be held simultaneously on June 27. (ebf)