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Observers boo bloated KPK

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 20, 2020   /  02:11 pm
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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri greets journalists before speaking at a press conference on a graft case pertaining to a fictitious project by state-owned construction firm PT Waskita Karya at the KPK headquarters in Jakarta on July 23.(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Activists have criticized a decision by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to alter to its organizational structure and hire more employees, calling the move “fattening” and baseless. On Nov. 6, the antigraft agency issued Regulation No. 7/2020 on the organizational and work procedures of the KPK, which created 19 new positions or departments and removed three existing ones. KPK deputy commissioner Alexander Marwata said the restructuring took the current KPK leadership’s strategic plan into account. “In principle, this structural development is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of task execution,” Alexander said during a press conference on Thursday. The move, he added, sought to adjust the development of the task function stipulated in Articles 6 and 7 of the 2019 KPK Law, which address preventing corruption, the treatm...