Mahfud Md Asserts Perpu KPK under Jokowi's Call

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  • Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Human Rights Mahfud MD during the introduction of Indonesia Onward Cabinet at the State Palace veranda, Jakarta, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Human Rights Mahfud MD during the introduction of Indonesia Onward Cabinet at the State Palace veranda, Jakarta, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaCoordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md asserted that the issuance of government regulation in lieu of law on the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK Perpu remained at the hands of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

    Mahfud reiterated that before his assignment as a minister, his and public’s stances and views had been submitted to the President. “Now, we are just waiting for the President’s response,” said Mahfud at JW Marriott Hotel, Kuningan, Jakarta, Monday, Oct. 28.

    According to him, this matter depended on President Jokowi. “Whether he will issue it or not, it is the full authority of the President, and all inputs had been delivered.”

    Nearing the end of his first-term, Jokowi summoned 41 national figures, including Mahfud, to Merdeka Palace to discuss the KPK Perpu amid a series of students’ demonstrations in various regions, demanding Jokowi revoke the newly-passed Law on the anti-graft body.

    During the meeting, some figures suggested two alternatives to the issuance of Perpu as to annul the latest law, namely a legislative review by the House of Representatives (DPR) or a judicial review by Constitutional Court.

    "But the option to issue a Perpu was quite strong, so the discussion was halted until the time is good to talk of the substance. Because this was the authority of the President, we almost agreed to deliver the proposal," said Mahfud MD at the time.

    President Jokowi then agreed to consider the KPK Perpu issuance immediately. However, the new bill had yet to be passed. University students and several communities returned to the streets on Monday, October 28.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI