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Jakarta Post

Antigraft group reports KPK leader for ‘hedonistic lifestyle’

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 24, 2020   /   06:36 pm
Antigraft group reports KPK leader for ‘hedonistic lifestyle’ Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) has reported Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri to the antigraft body's supervisory board for an alleged ethics violation. 

According to MAKI, the police general used a private helicopter on personal trip from South Sumatra's capital of Palembang to the city of Baturaja in the same province last week. They regarded this as indicative of a “hedonistic lifestyle". 

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"KPK leaders are banned from adopting a luxurious lifestyle," MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said on Wednesday. He said this was required out of "empathy for the public" as stipulated in KPK supervisory board regulation No. 1/2020 on the KPK code of conduct. 

Boyamin said the report had been submitted to the supervisory board by e-mail. The report contained photos of Firli riding the helicopter taxi, sometimes called a helimousine, which can cost up to US$1,400 for an hour of use according to a Reuters report.

MAKI also reported Firli's alleged negligence in complying with health protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. He was not wearing a face mask during his visit to Baturaja, Boyamin said, as reported by (vny)