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After the President Steps In
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has finally stepped in to settle the conflict between the police and the Antigraft Commission (KPK). The president offered a relieving solution even though firm actions—such as replacing the National Police chief—was not suggested. That is why the public must continue to support the KPK to prevent it from being ‘interrupted’ again.
The president’s solution in his speech on Monday evening was straight to the core of the problem, which is the driving simulator scandal. Yudhoyono said that the case, which implicated Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, is under KPK investigation. That means the police must hand over their similar case and avoid overlapping investigations.
Furthermore, the president also pointed out the police’s actions against Novel Baswedan over an old case. The president said that the timing was bad. Yudhoyono also offered solutions in regard to the recalling of police investigators from the KPK. In order to maintain the KPK’s performance, the investigators’ terms at the KPK will be extended—a state regulation will be issued in regards of this matter.
The public certainly expects the police to comply with the president’s point of view. In addition, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo has discussed the matter with the KPK chief. The police must also realize that the institution has gone too far. Since the beginning, the police have been trying to obstruct the search conducted by KPK investigators into the Traffic Corps Division office.
Public anger has also been triggered by the fact that the police are investigating the same case as the KPK: the driving simulator scandal. Furthermore, the police withdrew some of their investigators from the KPK. The conflict culminated on Friday evening when the Bengkulu and Jakarta police besieged the KPK office because they wanted to arrest Novel over questionable accusations. Such an arbitrary attitude led to a strong reaction from the public. In addition, state officials and the House of Representatives (DPR) seem to have turned a blind eye to the police’s behavior.
Introspection is expected not only from the police but also from DPR members who must realize that their opposition against the KPK is not well accepted by the public. The DPR needs to stop their efforts to cripple the KPK’s authority by revising the KPK Law. The politicians should abandon their vain effort because the government is beginning to change its attitude. In his Monday evening speech the president stated his objection to revising the KPK Law.
However, the public needs to monitor how effective the president’s speech is because the execution may not be as idealistic as the statement. The public must continue to guard the KPK from all kinds of threats, especially from corruptors because these delinquents—state officials and politicians—will not remain silent. Corruptors will continue preparing new strategies to disrupt and undermine the antigraft commission.