TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The "Berani Jujur Pecat" hashtag becoming a trend in Twitter following the recent move from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders to temporarily dismiss Novel Baswedan and 74 other employees in the commission. The dismissal stems from the employees' failure in a nationality knowledge test (TWK).
One of the figures giving popularity to the hashtag is State Administration Law expert from Gajah Mada University Zainal Arifin Mochtar. In his tweet, Zainal attached a photograph of a large banner covering parts of the KPK building. The banner states "Berani Jujur Pecat" (Dare to be Honest, Fired) in bold red ink.
Zainal also put a caption "Continue to gallop tp the wrong way." Zainal's tweet, which was uploaded on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, had received 1,800 likes.
The photograph of the banner was an edited photo and intended as a satire to the KPK's "Berani Jujur Hebat" (Dare to be Honest, Great) banner. The "Berani Jujur Hebat" banner was once installed at the old KPK Building in commemoration of the international anti-corruption day on May 9, 2012.
The "Berani Jujur Pecat" hashtag serve as a mockery from the public for KPK leaders' decision to dismiss 75 of the Commission employees. Whereas, most of the dismissed employees are high-achieving investigators.
In addition to Novel Baswedan, another KPK employee dismissed was Director of the Inter-Commission and Institution Cooperation Network Directorate (PJKAKI) of the KPK Sujanarko. Sujanarko had previously received the Styalancana Wira Karya award from President Joko Widodo for successfully establishing national and international corruption eradication network.