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The KPK bureaucratized

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 23 2020   /  01:00 am
Ready to serve: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leadership candidate Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri of the National Police salutes House of Representatives members during a fit and proper test session for his candidacy at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The amended Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law is widely resented for weakening the commission – once the icon of the country’s fight against graft. The new law has reshaped the body into yet another arm of the state bureaucracy. The legislation adds an additional administrative layer through the creation of a powerful supervisory council, whose members answer to the President. Further, it changes the employment status of KPK staff to that of civil servants, a process that is still underway. In short, the KPK is losing the independence that used to characterize it and that won it the trust of the public. To complete the institution’s bureaucratization, the KPK leadership issued a regulation earlier this month on organizational and work procedures at the commission. It mandates the formation of 19 new departments or positions, while removing three existing...