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Jakarta Post

House declaws KPK in dubious process

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18, 2019   /  08:24 am
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Rest in peace: Employees at Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) lay flower and wreaths on top of a casket in front of the KPK's headquarters in Kuningan, Central Jakarta, on Sept. 13, after the House of Representatives elected Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri from the National Police as KPK new chairman and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo approves controversial articles on KPK law amendment. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

In a move that may lead to the collapse of the decades-old fight against corruption in the country, the House of Representatives passed a law amendment that neuters the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a plenary session on Tuesday afternoon with the blessing of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The newly deliberated bill to amend the 2002 law on the KPK mandates the formation of a supervisory council to oversee the KPK, which antigraft activists warned would prevent it from investigating cases that involve key government officials, businessmen and politicians. The law also requires all KPK employees to be civil servants, effectively turning it into a government body, and requires the KPK obtain wiretapping warrants from the council, which are expected to diminish the agency's independence and effectiveness in eradicating corruption. The bill's passage, ...