Jokowi does not Support Efforts to Negate KPK

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB - Politics

Golkar Politician Ahmad Doli Kurnia (in the middle) is seen with Anti-Corruption Society Network (JAMAK) Coordinator Mirwan Vauly (second right) and other activists, in a demonstration against the rights-of-inquiry on KPK, at KPK�s building in Jakarta, Tuesday (23/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – President Joko Widodo has said that he will not intervene in the House of Representative’s plan to launch a rights-of-inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), saying that it is the parliament’s internal matter.

However, he does not support efforts to weaken KPK. "I must reiterate that the government supports all efforts to strengthen KPK and corruption eradication by KPK," the President said, at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, East Java, Saturday (3/6).

The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) regrets the rights-of-inquiry initiative, saying that the main culprit is House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Fahri Hamzah, who knocked his hammer while lawmakers were crying their disagreement with the plan, stripping them off from their rights to express their opinion.

"As a consequence, three factions left. They are the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Democrat Party," said Donal Fariz, a researcher at ICW, Jakarta, Wednesday (31/5).

According to Tama S. Langkun, another ICW researcher, the rights-of-inquiry initiative shows the arrogance of the House of Representatives. ICW says the initiative was launched in connection to the investigation on Miryam S Haryani, a House member from the People’s Conscious (Hanura) Party.

Furthermore, other politicians at the house are in KPK’s list of people involved in the electronic resident identity card (e-KTP) project. "Agun Gunanjar from the Golkar Party is mentioned, "Tama said. (dtc)