House Threatens to Freeze KPK´s Budget in 2018

Thursday, 22 June 2017 , 10:00:00 WIB - Law

House of Representatives member from the People´s Conscious Party (Hanura) faction Miryam S Haryani is seen arriving to be questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Jakarta, Wednesday (21/6). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The House of Representatives threaten to freeze the government’s budget for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police for refusing to bring Miryam S Haryani to the House.

The idea was brought up by Muhammad Misbakhun (Golkar Party faction), who is a member of the Special Committee on Rights-of-Inquiry against KPK.

"We are considering executing our budgetary rights at the House of Representatives. We are currently discussing the Draft State Budget 2018," said Misbakhun, at the House of Representatives headquarter in Jakarta, Tuesday (20/6).

The idea, Misbakhun claims, is under discussio and all members of the special committee ‘are on the same tone’.

"We will not cut their budget. The government will still disburse fund for the institutions, but they will not be included [in the 2018 State Budget]," he said.

However, in contrast to Misbakhun’s statement, Arsul Sani from the United Development Party (PPP) said the special committee has not discussed the idea. The Commission III that oversees the State Budget has not discussed the possibility either.

"There has been no official meeting on the idea, both at the special committee and the Commission III," he said to reporters, Wednesday (21/6).

Asrul did not state his support nor rejection on the idea. "PPP still needs to study the idea," Arsul said.

Teuku Taufiqulhadi from the National Democrat (NasDem) party is in agreement with Arsul, saing that the idea may not materialize. "We still have confidence that the National Police will comply with the law (to bring Miryam to the House), " Taufiq said, Wednesday (21/6).

Meanwhile, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is against Misbakhun’s idea. "Let’s not threat each other. We are all part of the Republic of Indonesia. All institutions must respect each other," said Jazuli Juwaini, chairman of the PKS faction, Wednesday (21/6).

The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) describes the threat as abuse of power. "The threat is a great misuse of power. It came from people who are panicking over the e-KTP investigation," said Donald Fariz, a researcher at the Indonesia Corruption Watch Donald Fariz, Wednesday (21/6).

National Police Chief, Tito Karnavian, said the move will affect public security.

"I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for personnel securing the public," Tito said, Jakarta, Tuesday (20/6).

KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo refused to comment the idea, but said that KPK will use the 2017 State Budget structure if their budget structure is denied in the 2018 State Budget. (dtc)