Anti-graft body does not need board of commissioners

Anti-graft body does not need board of commissioners

Former KPK chief Abraham Samad. (M Fikri Setiawan)

The board of commissioners is tasked with supervising KPK employees and leadership. If that is the goal, it is not badly needed
Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) does not need a board of commissioners as proposed by the House of Representatives (DPR) in the planned revision of KPK law, former KPK chairman Abraham Samad has said. "The board of commissioners is tasked with supervising KPK employees and leadership. If that is the goal, it is not badly needed," he said at a discussion "KPK is on the brink of danger in Bogor, West Java", Thursday.

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Without the presence of the board of commissioners, the supervision system at KPK has run maximally. There has been the so-called "zero tolerance" against violations in the anti-graft body, he said.

Samad recalled the alleged violations in the code of ethics levelled against him when he held the post of KPK chairman. Consequently, the KPK's internal supervisory directorate questioned him.

"At that time the directorate deemed it necessary to investigate KPK chairman Abraham Samad. So, at that time I was investigated. Imagine, is there a government institution where the inspector general investigates the minister?" he asked.

The rejection of the planned revision of the KPK law is not intended to rescue KPK but to save the agenda of combating corruption in Indonesia, he said.

"Amending a law is something right and is not prohibited. What we are not allowed is to change the Holy Al Quran. We are not opposed to a change but the substance of the change in the draft amendment (to the KPK law)," he said. 

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