KPK Deputy Unfazed by Wednesday's Terror Threats

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  • The situation at KPK deputy chief Laode Muhammad Syarif on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, after a  Molotov cocktail-looking device was found. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    The situation at KPK deputy chief Laode Muhammad Syarif on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, after a Molotov cocktail-looking device was found. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Molotov explosive device found yesterday at the house of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Deputy Chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif did not scare him to stay at his only house.

    “What, and move to a hotel?” said Laode on Wednesday when asked if he planned to move to a house that he might consider to be safer. Interestingly, Laode who just came home from work seemed unfazed by the incident.

    Around 05:30 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Wednesday, a Molotov cocktail-looking device was discovered by Laode’s personal driver Bambang.

    Read: Wiranto: Don't Make a Fuss on Bomb Threat in KPK Leaders' Homes

    According to Laode, this incident is certainly an unwanted effect of his job and considers the terror as a risk that cannot be separated from his position as a leader in an anti-corruption agency.

    As of the safety of him and his family, Laide said that he is entirely confident that police would provide ample protection. He also hopes that police would soon be able to uncover the assailant and what their motives were.

    On Wednesday, the house of two KPK higher-ups, Laode and KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo, were terrorized by the finding of a Molotov cocktail explosive that was placed inside a plastic bag hung over the gate of their houses.

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA