KPK Targeting Village Chiefs

Monday, 07 August 2017 , 16:00:00 WIB -

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Vice Chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif (left) is seen being accompanied by KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah is seen in a press conference on a recent break-in operation in Jakarta, Wednesday (2/8). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been busy targeting village chiefs that some people are accusing the body of ‘stepping down to a caste’. However, KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah argues that corruption is not only happening among elites, lower-rank government executives are also committing corruption, not excluding village chiefs.

"Based on the cases we have handled, corruption is happening at all layers. With various schemes and modus operandi, House of Representatives members, central government executives, people from the private sector and the lowest ranks in our bureaucracy are committing corruption," Febri said, Friday (4/8).

Febri exemplified the break-in operation against Sri Hartini, who was the regent of Klaten. Sri’s corruption activity of receiving bribes for promotions and positions involved a lot of government executives, even up to the lowest rank.

"The corruption in Klaten did not only involve the regent. Regional-government executives were also involved, even those as low as school employees," she said.

The break-in operation in Pamekasan, East Java, KPK has underscored how corruption is also happening at low-level bureaucracy, such as subdistrict heads and village chiefs.

"The break-in operation in Pamekasan was based on a report that indicates abuse of Village Funds by village administrators. The embezzled money reached regents and local prosecutors," Febri said.

Meanwhile, law expert from Universitas Soedirman, Prof. Hibnu Nugroho, said the recent break-in operations by KPK proves that supervision in regions of lower administrative levels has been poor. In fact, inspectorates that are supposed to conduct internal monitoring are also participating in corruption.

"Regions of lower administrative levels are not being monitored well. Prosecutors and prosecutors have been arrested, so who can we trust except for KPK and may be provincial prosecutor’s offices’," Hibnu said. (dtc/mfb)