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Is Indonesia's antigraft body in danger?

  • Devina Heriyanto
    Devina Heriyanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  05:59 pm
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Members of civil groups rally to demand President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo remove problematic names in the list of leadership candidates for the Corruption Eradication Commission.(JP/Anggie Angela)

The fate of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which many view as the most powerful and credible state institution in Indonesia’s war on graft, is believed to be hanging in the balance. KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo says the commission is facing two major threats: one “problematic” candidate shortlisted for the 2019-2023 KPK leadership selection and the House of Representatives’ (DPR) plan to revise the 2002 KPK Law.  Critics say the House’s renewed initiative to revise to law is only meant to defang the KPK. "We have to announce to the public that the KPK is in grave danger," Agus said at a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 5, as quoted by kompas.com. Anti-graft activists concurred with Agus, saying that “there are indications of a systematic effort to weaken the KPK”.  Their fears are not unjustified....