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Ahok, Antasari ‘distractions’ from flawed KPK supervisory council

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 7, 2019   /  04:12 pm
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Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (left) and former KPK chairman Antasari Azhar have been posited by netizens as potential members of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) supervisory council.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan/Antara/Lucky R.)

Not long after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he would select the members of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) supervisory council, speculations mounted that former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and former KPK chairman Antasari Azhar would get the posts.   Activists and researchers have been adamant that the concept of the council itself is fundamentally flawed, no matter who is selected to sit in it. “The mention of names like Ahok and Antasari is merely distracting from the core problems with creating a supervisory council in the first place,” Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Donal Fariz said on Thursday. The supervisory council is a result of the controversial new KPK Law, which was passed in September under dubious circumstances. The law states that the five-member council, selected ...