KPK Chief: Death Penalty for Corrupting COVID-19 Budget



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Firli Bahuri, on Wednesday, April 29, took a firm stance against those who dare to misuse the budgets allocated for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    “The safety of the people is the highest law. Those committing corruption amid the pandemic will have no other option than to face the death penalty,” Firly Bahuri stressed in today’s hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) Law Commission. 

    According to him, there are four possible corruptions in the government’s COVID-19 aid distribution that are spread across the procurement of equipment and services, third-party donations, budget reallocation, and social aid distributions. 

    The KPK chairman said the COVID-19 task force was also formed to eliminate the possibility of corruption in the government’s “coronavirus safety net programs.” The acts of corruption range from fictitious donations, reducing the quality of donated equipment, up to the mishandling of social aid procurement. 

    Firli asserted that KPK’s efforts to combat these possible violations are closely assisted by state law enforcers and institutions.