VP Jusuf Kalla Approves KPK Law Revision

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  • Vice President Jusuf Kalla speaks to journalists at his office on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. TEMPO/Egi Adyatama

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla speaks to journalists at his office on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. TEMPO/Egi Adyatama

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that the public perception of corruption eradication is still mistaken. Many thought that the more corruptors arrested meant the better performance of the anti-graft body (KPK).

    “A notable achievement is when there are fewer people arrested because of decreasing corruption rate. That’s a success,” said the VP in his office, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, September 10.

    Therefore, Kalla opined that the body, which specifically handling corruption practices, requires revitalization. So the government agrees on several points in the draft revision of Law No. 30/2002 on corruption eradication commission proposed by the House of Representatives (DPR).

    Since the last 17 years of establishment, Kalla said KPK has extraordinary jurisdiction to prosecute corruptors. He said the government will set a particular limit without restricting its authority in handling graft cases.

    “We will not hinder KPK’s authority in corruption affairs. But an agency that has a limit, regulations, and human rights,” Jusuf Kalla declared.

    Meanwhile, several civil coalitions firmly refused the KPK Law revision. They deemed the policy will cripple the agency, and the discussions are conducted privately. The KPK itself also opposed the law amendment.

    EGI ADYATAMA