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Jakarta Post

Desperate times for KPK

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, September 14 2019   /  01:02 am

Rescuing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) from political power plays is undoubtedly tiring and frustrating for many. The past few days have seen the hopes for a future, uncompromising anticorruption drive suffer a dreadful blow, ironically at the hands of our elected representatives. Not only have those in the political elite turned a deaf ear to the strident clamor against the maneuvering to undermine the antigraft body through amendments to the KPK Law. They have also bulldozed the people’s desire for KPK leaders whose track records are clean and clear.Given the course and timing of the debates marking the selection of new KPK leaders at the House of Representatives and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s much-anticipated acceptance of the deliberation of the KPK Law revision, one must doubt whether the two political processes were simply coincidental. It would be safe ...