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Jakarta Post

‘Jokowi can focus on development, but first issue Perppu on KPK Law’: Economists

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21, 2019   /  07:34 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 headquarter in Kuningan, Central Jakarta, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

After massive student protests happened nationwide last month demanding President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) annulling revisions made to the 2003 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, hundreds of economists have shown their support by publishing a joint research paper on the negative impact of corruption in the country’s economy. Forty scholars from various universities at home and abroad, including University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri, Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah and Budy Resosudarmo from the Australian National University, presented an open letter to Jokowi on Monday, urging him to issue the Perppu. At the time of writing, 233 scholars have endorsed the open letter, arguing that the revision would hit the economy hard. Six economists also prepar...