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Commentary: Reshaping the KPK: Lost momentum for ‘revolusi mental’?

  • Imanuddin Razak

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, September 23 2019   /  12:11 am

Corruption is believed to be as old as humankind. In Indonesia alone, long before independence, lowly subjects of ancient kingdoms had to pay tributes to express loyalty toward ruling dynasties.Such perceived entitlement of the higher-ups, extending to tributes in return for favors, has become so ingrained that anticorruption campaigns have never been easy. Unsurprisingly, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), established by law in 2002, has never been free from attempts to undermine its role and tame its power.Worse, many have constantly demanded the KPK be dissolved on the legal grounds that the anticorruption commission is an ad-hoc body that should exist for temporary purposes only. While the anticorruption commission has been continuously prosecuting and bringing perpetrators of corruption to justice, many consider the recently concluded revision of a 2002 law by the House of...