Mahfud MD: Possibility for Issuing New KPK Law Remains

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  • Coordinating Security Minister Mahfud MD at his ministry's media center in Jakarta, October 29, 2019. TEMPO/Friski Riana

    Coordinating Security Minister Mahfud MD at his ministry's media center in Jakarta, October 29, 2019. TEMPO/Friski Riana

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaCoordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD hinted that the possibility for the passage of government regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) remained.

    "The president did not say that [he will not issue a Perpu). He has not yet come to a decision because the law is still being tested at the Constitutional Court," Mahfud said at the KPK Building, Jakarta, Monday.

    Earlier, presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said President Jokowi would not issue a Perpu to annul the newly-revised KPK Law.

    However, Mahfud said that as far as he knew the President was still waiting for the result of the material test at the Constitutional Court before making a decision.

    "The president also does not want the court to eventually decide on the same thing, so what is the use of a Perpu, right?" Mahfud MD added.

    Three KPK leaders, namely Agus Rahardjo, Laode M. Syarif, and Saut Situmorang, along with 13 other anti-graft activists, submitted a judicial review of Law No. 19/2019 concerning the amendment of the KPK Law to the Constitutional Court on November 20, 2019.

    "The process of the KPK revision was not in accordance with the conditions noted in the law on the formation of laws and regulations in Indonesia, so both in terms of formal and substance, [the revised law] contradicts the President’s promise to strengthen the KPK as in reality, the law material weakens the KPK," Laode said, hoping Jokowi would issue a KPK Perpu.

    ANTARA