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Desacralizing anticorruption agency does not defang KPK

  • D. Nicky Fahrizal

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18 2019   /  01:16 am

JP/Seto WardhanaIn the debate on the revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which came into force on Thursday, we should look at the bigger picture through the lens of appropriate organizational principles. As the state’s antigraft body that has made numerous breakthroughs, the KPK should operate under proper principles, including having control and supervision over its duties, functions, authority and performance. Implementing these principles does not necessarily intend to defang or even end the KPK but is an effort to prevent the sacralization of an institution. In other words, an institution with such centralized authority has the potential to abuse its power.Revision of the law has been fueled by the belief that the revision would weaken its independence in implementing its tasks and functions. This belief drove the widespread recent demonstrations, which nevertheles...