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100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performance

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  01:02 am

Despite various controversies and an allegation of ethical violations, police general Firli Bahuri was selected by the House of Representatives as the new chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the country’s leading antigraft agency, last year.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo eventually inaugurated Firli and four other commissioners to lead the KPK until 2024. Firli has asserted that the antigraft body will prioritize preventive, rather than law-enforcement, measures, making the arrest of officials suspected of committing corruption a thing of the past.

Firli’s appointment, as well as the revision to the KPK Law, have been slammed by observers and anticorruption activists as an effort to defang the commission and limit its independence.

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has slammed the new chairman for his “poor performance, but [abundance] ...