Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla opined that the revision to Law No. 30 of 2002 on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is aimed at enhancing the anti-graft body's performance rather than weakening the agency.

"The point is that we want to encourage the KPK, with a clear legal base. There is legal certainty for both the KPK as well as the public. There is no intention that we want to weaken the body," Kalla remarked here on Tuesday.

He noted that revision to the law will help the commission to conduct its tasks and to ensure that its works can be accounted for.

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"Basically, it (the law) will require some improvements. For instance, during surveillance, wiretapping, and red-handed operation, the regulation on it must be improved," Kalla added.

Revision to the law on the anti-graft body was initiated by the House of Representatives for discussion and approval prior to the conclusion of its serving period in October 2019.

However, President Joko Widodo has yet to issue a presidential letter as an approval for the initiative.

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The House of Representatives (DPR), in its plenary meeting on Thursday (Sept 5), had agreed to revise Law Number 30 of 2002 on the KPK.

Responding to the House's initiative, the KPK, in its statement, refused the revision of the law as, learning from the widely distributed draft, it has the potential to paralyze the KPK as an independent anti-graft institution.

“With the occurrences and agenda recently, we have to state that the KPK is currently hanging by a thread,” KPK Chairman Rahardjo stated. Related news: KPK summons former BUMN minister Laksamana Sukardi

Translator: Fransiska Ninditya, Sri Haryat
Editor: Azizah Fitriyanti
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