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Focus on development after issuing Perppu on KPK, economists tell Jokowi

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  12:58 am

Following massive student protests nationwide last month against the revision of the 2002 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, hundreds of economists have shown their support by publishing a joint research paper on the negative impact of corruption on the country‚Äôs economy.Forty scholars from various universities at home and abroad, including University of Indonesia (UI) 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 President Jokowi "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday, urging him to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) annulling the revision. At the time of writing, 233 scholars have endorsed the open letter, arguing that the revision would hit the economy hard.Six economists also prepared a 50-page academic paper, sourced fro...