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Arrest of third consecutive Medan mayor won't bode well for public trust: Political scientist

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  05:54 pm
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Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin (second left) is escorted by officers as he arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The recent arrest of Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) makes him the third consecutive mayor of North Sumatra’s provincial capital to be implicated in graft. Given the recurring pattern, critics have raised concerns that the incidents may further erode public trust in local administrations and may lead to a decrease in voter turnout in the next regional election. Dzulmi, a member of the Golkar Party, was arrested along with six other people in a string of operations by the antigraft body from Tuesday to Wednesday evening. He has since been named a suspect of bribery alongside the Medan administration’s protocol division head Syamsul Fitri Siregar and Medan Public Works Agency head Isa Ansyari in connection with various projects and positions under the city administration. His arrest marks the third time for the KPK to nab ...