Gov't, House Conspire to Weaken Corruption Agency: KPK Deputy



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Deputy Chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif strongly suspects the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) are attempting to weaken his agency by revising the law overseeing the agency (UU KPK).

    However, he said, all of it is happening despite both entities publicly show support for the anti-corruption agency.

    “They are quietly conspiring against the KPK,” said Syarif in a written statement on Thursday, September 5.

    Furthermore, he says that the anti-graft agency does not need to rely on the revision of Law No.30/2002 regarding the KPK. He rather quips DPR’s strategy upon discussing the draft law while being under the radar.

    “The discussion on revising the UU KPK that is done quietly shows that the DPR and the government do not want to consult with its people who they represent,” said Syarif.

    House’s plenary meeting today ratified the discussion on the KPK Draft Law where several crucial points within the Law could potentially weaken the agency, such as the changes to promote KPK employees as Civil Servants (PNS).

    The government and DPR also talk about the infamous wiretapping law, the formation of a supervisory board, and having the agency adhere to the Criminal Code (KUHP).