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Jakarta Post

As civil servants, KPK employees may find it hard to prosecute government officials

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 5, 2020   /  01:29 pm
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2019 may be remembered as the year the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and antigraft activists fought a losing battle.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Antigraft activists have raised doubts about the ability of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to maintain its independence once its employees become regular civil servants and as such will be under government supervision. A controversial amendment to the KPK Law has stripped the law enforcement body of special authority and turned it into a government institution. The revised law, through articles 1, 24 and 69, also mandates a change of employment status from nongovernment employees to civil servants, emphasizing that all KPK employees must be given state civil service status no later than in 2021. Zaenur Rohman, a researcher of Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anti-Corruption Studies (Pukat UGM), said the KPK would lose authority over its own manpower, as the recruitment process would be conducted by two government agencies—the Administration and Bureau...