Rights of Inquiry Initiators Losing Guts

Friday, 05 May 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB - Politics

Demonstrators are seen carrying a coffin to protest the Rights of Inquiry plan against KPK, Solo, Central Java, Wednesday (3/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Fewer political parties are supporting the Rights of Inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as some lawmakers have backed down, leaving only four factions openly supporting the move, namely the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Golkar Party, the Nasional Democrat (NasDem) party and the People’s Conscious (Hanura) party.

From said factions, PDIP is showing doubt as the party recently stated that it is letting its politicians decide independently. From the 26 Rights of Inquiry initiators, two are PDIP politicians. They are Masinton Pasaribu and Eddy Wijaya Kusuma.

Meanwhile, the Golkar Party – whose chairman, Setya Novanto, is named in the e-KTP corruption – contributed the most signatures, 10 politicians. Like PDIP, the party is letting its politicians at the House of Representatives to decide independently.

Meanwhile, Hanura is showing signs that it is changing its mind. The party’s chairman Hanura Oesman Sapta Odang recently summoned its cadres that signed the petition. "I didn’t know that the Rights of Inquiry meeting has been taking place as I have never been reported. Therefore, I am summoning them today. I don’t know who gave the politicians permission," Sapta said, Jakarta, Wednesday (3/5).

Sapta reiterated that he will only ask for clarification. "I will ask for clarifications as I am the chairman. I was absent (when the meeting took place)," he said.

House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Fahri Hamzah, is going against his party, the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS), who openly declared its rejection against the petition, arguing that the Rights of Inquiry will only weaken KPK.

"We are against the Rights of Inquiry. I reiterate that PKS will not join and we have been against the idea from the beginning. As evidence of our rejection, none of our politicians signed the petition," said the party’s chairman Sohibul Iman.

The Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democrat Party are also against the petition, although, the Democrat Party recently stated that it is still making considerations.

These rejecting parties will not send their politicians when the Rights of Inquiry takes place.

House of Representatives Vice Chairman Taufik Kurniawan said if the six factions go on with their intention to not send any politician, the Rights of Inquiry will lack legitimacy. "If these six factions stay firm to not send any politician, and only four participate, the Rights of Inquiry will lack legitimacy," he said, Jakarta, Thursday (4/5). (dtc)