Fahri Hamzah: KPK will stagnate without renewal

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Fahri Hamzah wants to debate selected KPK Chairman. (photo: IO/Yoga Agusta)

IO, Jakarta – People’s House of Representative (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPR”) Fahri Hamzahappreciates the high level of enthusiasm shown by the number of people registering as Candidates for Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”). As of the close of registration on 4 July 2019, no fewer than 384 people signed up for the position. Fahri, normally known to be hostile against this agency, stated that whoever is chosen as KPK Chairman in the future, as long as s/he cannot revolutionize its system, KPK will remain stagnant. “KPK’s problem is not the people, but its organizational system that must be fixed,” he said.

Earlier, Fachri had compared KPK’s performance to that of South Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Right Commission (ACRC). He stated that national corruption eradication in South Korea cooperates closely with their Parliament, similarly to anti-corruption NGOs in the country. “In Korea, the ACRC and anti-corruption activists cooperate well with the Korean nation. In our country, the DPR gets attacked from all sides and we get treated as a nest of corruptors,” he said.

Therefore, Fahri hopes that whoever is elected as KPK Chairman can truly comprehend the concept of “eradication” of corruption. “If they don’t understand the concept, they will be trapped in the existing system. The commission tasked with the prevention and eradication of corruption will only walk in circles,” he said. Fahri then challenges any KPK Chairman Candidate to a debate relating to the system, concept, and understanding of the Corruption Eradication Law. “This is why KPK Candidates must be taken into a debate on the concept; otherwise, it will be futile,” he said.

Fahri truly hopes that KPK will progress and become successful in the eradication of corruption in Indonesia. He wants whoever is chosen as KPK Chairman to be able to carry out internal reforms and improve KPK’s organizational concept. “When you look at KPK now, they’re getting even more messed up. How come they don’t understand KPK Law? Even an angel would have fallen and become a devil when they don’t understand. Therefore, we need to rethink KPK’s concept before we talk about the people,” Fachri said. (Dan)