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Jakarta Post

KPK leaders endured rocky, but rewarding term

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /  07:47 pm
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The Corruption Eradication Commission building on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had a tumultuous journey in the past four years while attempting to safeguard the first term of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration. Despite doubts in the early days of their tenure, the current leaders, led by chairman Agus Rahardjo, did nonetheless uncover high-profile cases, which have resulted in attacks on KPK leaders and investigators.   “After what we have gone through the last four years, I realize that fighting corruption is a difficult task. It’s not like what I learned from textbooks,” KPK deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif told The Jakarta Post during an interview recently. During their first days in office, the five KPK commissioners—Agus, and deputies Laode, Saut Situmorang, Basaria Panjaitan and Alexander Marwata—were criticized as weak figures who had b...