Cabinet Secretary: No Attempt to Weaken KPK

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB -

President Joko Widodo and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung are seen inaugurating Jombang-Mojokerto toll road at Mojokerto toll gate, East Java, Sunday (10/9). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung asserts that President Joko Widodo commits to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) although some parties attempt to weaken the institution. Pramono Anung asks all parties to support Joko Widodo’s commitment that was announced in the inauguration of Mojokerto-Jombang toll road, Saturday (9/9).

"The President said that all of us are responsible for watching KPK to make KPK better, stronger," Pramono said firmly to respond the effort of some parties who want to weaken KPK after having a closed meeting at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9), as quoted from setkab.go.id.

Previously, Attorney General M Prasetyo attended a hearing with the House’s Commission III, Monday (11/9). He asked KPK’s prosecution authority to be returned to the Attorney General Office (AGO). Prasetyo explained that the AGO has a limited power to handle corruption cases.

He compared AGO’s power to handle corruption cases with the power in other countries, such as Singapore and Malaysia, that’s more effective and efficient. "The AGO is the highest public prosecutor. However, it’s not fully valid in the Law on KPK. In Singapore and Malaysia, institutions are not competing and topple each other," Prasetyo said.

Responding to the statement, Pramono said if KPK has weaknesses in the managerial administration, the solution is to fix the institution. "Therefore, our guide is what the President delivered in his speech," he stated.

Pramono added that the President is firm with his commitment. "The government, which is the President in this case, never wants to change the authority of KPK," he asserted.

Pramono said firmly that the President never wants to change the authority of KPK. Regarding the recommendation of the House’s KPK inquiry team to revise Law on KPK, Pramono said that some matters are substantial, and some of them are administrative.

"In the managerial administration, citing the statement delivered by the Chairman of KPK, some issues have to be fixed but it’s not the basic authority," he explained.

Therefore, Pramono added that the President never wants to weaken KPK. "Don’t twist them around," he said. (mag)

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