Fahri Hamzah: Rights of Inquiry Must Go On

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB - Politics

House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Taufik Kurniawan (right), is seen leading a closed meeting with faction leaders at the parliamant, Jakarta, Thursday (18/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Fahri Hamzah, said the forming of a special committee for the Rights of Inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues, arguing that the committee’s establishment cannot be cancelled even though only 5 factions are participating.

Fahri criticizes the factions who refuse to send their representative. "If they refuse to send their representatives, they would have failed to fulfill their obligation. Yes, [they can be subject to sanctions]," he said, at the House of Representatives headquarters in Jakarta, Tuesday (30/5).

Fahri explained that special committees at the House of Representatives act as a temporary equipment, according to the law.

"The Law on Legislative Institutions, or the MD3 law, stipulates that all factions must be present in the special committee. Therefore, it is actually compulsory," Fahri continued to say.

The meetings to establish the committee will continue regardless of the number of participating factions and the committee’s decision would still be legit.

Fahri said he will mail the other factions to send their representative.

The factions who have sent a representative are the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), National Democrat (Nasdem) Party and the People’s Conscious (Hanura) Party.

Another House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Taufik Kurniawan, could not confirm whether the committee would be legit if not all actions participate.

"The meetings (to establish the special committee) continue in parallel with the meetings at the Legislative Body (Baleg)," he said.

The House of Representatives is consulting with the Legislative Body to determine whether all actions must attend the meetings, so that the special committee is legitimate.

The Law on Legislative Institutions states that all factions must attend the meetings. However, lawmakers are debating the interpretation of this sentence.

"If they (the legislative body) conclude that it is not possible, the plan would be cancelled. This is about legitimacy, I cannot speculate about it," Taufik said.