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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Bye KPK, new weapon needed to fight graft

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    Senior editor of The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18 2019   /  12:28 am

JP/Seto WardhanaWith the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) coming under siege from left and right, many people have already written its epitaph, while others still have high hopes and are campaigning to save it. At stake is not the KPK itself, which is likely to continue in a different form, but its independence and hence its effectiveness in leading the nation in fighting graft. Now that its enemies are looking to succeed in defanging the KPK, is it still worth saving it? Maybe not. But we should not mourn its passing either. The KPK may have been an effective weapon in sending big time corrupt officials to jail in the past, but it’s no magic wand and now it is looking like it is passing its use-by date. The commission was born out of the reform movement when the nation agreed that rampant and unchecked corruption during the Soeharto regime was the single biggest cause for bankr...