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KPK in hot water for requesting increased budget amid crisis

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
The Corruption Eradication Commissioon (KPK) chief Firli Bahuri (right) sits beside deputy Attorney General Setia Untung Arimuladi (left) during a meeting with House of Representatives' Commission III overseeing legal affairs at the House complex in Central Jakarta on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has come under fire for requesting an additional Rp 825 billion (US$55.48 million) for its 2021 budget amid the COVID-19 pandemic to certify more graft-prevention agents. House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs on Monday approved the proposal, which according to the agency’s chief Firli Bahuri would be used to increase the number of anticorruption counselors and integrity experts. It will then pass the proposal on to the House budget committee (Banggar). Kurnia Ramadhana of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) questioned the urgency of the additional funds, saying the KPK's request was unacceptable as the country was now facing a difficult fiscal situation as a result of the pandemic. The KPK, he said, also had not made any remarkable achievements under Firli's leadership. “Having more agents...