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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Free-KPK pass, anyone?

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  12:29 am

The police have it and so do all the political parties. Why shouldn’t President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo buy himself a free-KPK pass too?Its holders are entitled to free passage from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). If politicians, members of Jokowi’s inner circle and the police are exempted from future corruption investigations, who else is left for the KPK to go after? Do we still need the KPK at all?President Jokowi is the latest to buy himself a free pass through his decision not to issue the executive order to rescind the new KPK Law. The order is known in Indonesian as a Perppu, or regulation in lieu of law. Not that he needs a free pass. But members of his inner circle would certainly find it handy.While he has not completely ruled out the possibility of issuing a Perppu, saying that he simply does not want to preempt ongoing legal challenges at the Constitutional ...