Slank band holds concert to oppose revision of anti-corruption law

Slank band holds concert to oppose revision of anti-corruption law

Personnel of Slank band with chairman of KPK Agus Rahardjo (no. 3 from left) at KPK building, Jakarta, Monday (Feb. 22, 2016). (ANTARA/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Corruption can be muted and prevented if we all live in simplicity."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian rock band Slank held a concert at the office of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Monday to voice its opposition to the planned revision of Law No. 30 of 2002 on KPK.

"We are here to confirm our anti-corruption spirit and support for the KPK," Slanks vocalist, Akhadi Wira Satriaji, or well-known as Kaka, stated.

Kaka and Slanks three other members --- Bimo Setiawan Almachzumi (Bimbim), Ivan Kurniawan Arifin (Ivanka), and Mohammad Ridwan Hafiedz (Ridho) --- then performed five songs in front of hundreds of KPK employees who had congregated in the yard of the building.

Their guitarist, Abdee Negara (Abdee), could not join the concert due to ill health.

The five songs they played were in line with the theme of corruption such as "Seperti para Koruptor" (As the Corruptors), "Halal" (Islamic Arabic term meaning permissible), "Hai Bung" (Hey Brother), "Koruptor Dor", and "Ku Tak Bisa" (I cannot).

"Corruption can be muted and prevented if we all live in simplicity. Slank is here to support that the KPK will not be attenuated," Kaka affirmed.

The music group, which was formed in December 1983 and has released more than 30 albums, has often expressed criticism towards government policies and social conditions.

Five KPK leaders --- Agus Raharjo, Basaria Panjaitan, Alexander Marwata, Saut Situmorang, and Laode M. Syarief --- were among the people who witnessed Slanks performance.

Before the performance, Coordinator for the Forum of KPK employees, Faishal, delivered a statement to reject the planned revision of the KPK law.

It involved three points to ensure the continuity of the anti-corruption movement.

The first point was to urge President Joko Widodo to immediately withdraw the draft proposal of the revision of the KPK law, while the second point stressed that the House of Representatives (DPR) should stop the plan to revise the KPK law, which was considered to weaken the spirit of anti-corruption.

"And third, we fully support the assertiveness of KPKs leaders who reject the revision of the KPK law," Faishal affirmed.

(Reported by Desca Lidya N./Uu.Y013/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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