President Jokowi wisely rejects to meet The Special Committee on Questioner of KPK (the Corruption Eradication Commission)

President Jokowi wisely rejects to meet The Special Committee on Questioner of KPK    (the Corruption Eradication Commission)

Fachry Hamzah, Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives was likely very angry when about last month the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) sent a group of investigators protected by two armed Police members came to the House of Representatives Building  for searching facts and files in a working room of one of the members of The House of Representatives who is accused to be the defendant of the e-KTP corruption case. Fahry Hamzah   likely  thought  The House of Representatives as the Highest Institution of this Country to have  been offended by KPK.

After firm discussion internally on this matter the House of Representatives decided to establish the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK (PANSUS KPK)  to search the complete  authority  of KPK with the ending  goal to proof that  KPK is  becoming the Super Body with the exaggerate  authority.

After a number of weeks of working the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK  concludes  KPK  is internally  facing  crucial  friction and disarray management.   Accordingly according  to  one member of the  Special Committee on Questionare of KPK,  the institution of KPK should be temporarily stopped  for working  or Fahry Hamzah said it  should  be dissolved. The public reaction has been  apparently  extremely  surprise because KPK is considered as credible, trusted  and  professional institution to eradicate the corruption. This argument according  to  the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK to be definitely not true because corruption apparently to have developed widely  in all around the country.

The  House of Representative is of the opinion the Special Committee on Questioner  of KPK should report its findings that is considered   as  the real condition of KPK to President Jokowi because the eradication of corruption is one of the Government important Progam.

Fachry  Hamzah dramatically  proposed  the Special Committee on Questioner  of KPK to invite President Jokowi to come to the House of Representatives for questioned , exchanging  of information and views.

The House of Representatives expressed  its  consultation concept deciding  the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK escorted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives  want to make call on President Jokowi  to inform him the findings on the real facts of KPK and may President Jokowi to have the best idea to reform KPK as the modification of the extreme idea of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK as released to public before.

The Special Committee on Questioner of KPK  then  send  a letter to President Jokowi requesting to call on him for consultation. The letter was sent to the House of Representatives  who will as applied procedure in the House of Representatives   will  make the further step to send the letter to President Jokowi. The Special Committee on Questioner of KPK  expected to meet President Jokowi before September  28,  2017  when the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK will finish its schedule  of  working.

The Special Committee  on Questioner of KPK wants to reports a number of findings on various  facts concerning the real condition of KPK to President Jokowi for President Jokowi’s comments and the idea of Recommendation.

Normally those various facts and findings should be  reported first to the plenum meeting of the House of Representatives and a number of recommendations to be made then to be  presented to President for his  comments  on the  idea of recommendation as the effort to strengthen KPK and last but not least to prevent PK to implement  its  excessive  authority.

However the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK realizes that there is strong indication the   Special Committee on Questioner of KPK   has been widely  suspected to be willing  to weaken KPK and unfortunately openly  a member of the Special Committee on  Questioner of KPK has demanded KPK to be temporarily stopped for operation and even Fahry Hamzah demanded KPK to be dissolved. All of the idea of the Special Committee on the Questioner on KPK had been publish in the media

In the meantime the active  Operational Actions  of KPK applying   the tactics of OTT (directly  and surprisingly  capturing  the suspected corrupter ) has been  going on spectacularly executed  and to have been made KPK to be  popularly considered as really professional and successful in its mission.

Such situation is likely making   President Jokowi who has promised to eradicate the corruption, is of the feeling that responding  the request of The House of  Representatives to discuss the real condition  of KPK  and making some  changing  of  the internal management in the KPK  ( as published in various social  media) will not give any benefit.

Definitely the situation  is not favorable for the House of Representatives to approach President Jokowi for  consultation  to make some changing  of the authority  of KPK institution   because  in the society  KPK  to be considered  as the prestigious and respected Government institution in eradicating the corruption. KPK is highly trusted as the  credible  Anti Corruption Organization, though in fact KPK to have become the institution with unlimited authority  and to have consume the unlimited budget in its investigation activities.

Meanwhile  the political trusting  image of  President Jokowi in the eradication of  the corruption is definitely high. Accordingly the political  gestured  of President Jokowi is needed very much by the Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK which  is founded by the House of Representatives, but the situation is not favorable for the Special Committee on Questionaer ofKPK.

The willingness of President Jokowi to respond  the request of the  Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK is likely low  and even the attention of Chief of KPK to the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK is not definitely significant. Until September 22,  2017 the Chief of KPK  rejected to come to the meeting held by the Special Committee  on Questioner of KPK. It has been twice the Chief of KPK to be invited to come to a meeting held by the Special Committee on KPK but he rejected to come.

KPK in general  considers  the  Special Committee on Questioner of KPK is not legally valid because   KPK is considering  The Special Committee on Questioner of KPK  to be founded base on  the interest  of  a group political parties. Not all the political parties’ faction in the House of Representatives  supporting the foundation of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK. Apparently KPK has  brought  the legal complaint  for justice on the  foundation of  the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK to the Constitution Court, but the decision of  the Constitution Court on the political legality  of the Special Committee on KPK has not yet been made.

Meanwhile  until  September 22,  2017 the letter of the House of Representatives requesting to call on President  Jokowi  for consultation requested  by the  Special Committee on  Questioner of  KPK had not yet been processed by the  House of Representatives.

Apparently  a  part of  the Speakers  of the House of Representatives  do not  agree  the Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK to make the consultation with President Jokowi,  because they  realized according to President Jokowi  who  firmly said the activity of the Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK   and the recommendation may be made to be within the domain of the House of Representatives.  It is strong indication President Jokowi will reject the request of the House of Representatives and the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK to make call on President Jokowi for consultation. President Jokowi  definitely  will only accept  the final recommendation of the House of Representative being processed by the Plenum meeting of the House of Representatives. This President Jokowi’s  political position to have been officially released to the media for three times.

Every bodies both in the House of  Representatives  and in the Government realize  President Jokowi  is firmly  of the opinion: The  foundation of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK is in the domain of the  House of Representatives,  accordingly President Jokowi  will never intervene  the activities of the House of Representatives until the recommendation to be made by the Plenum Meeting of The House of Representatives and presented to President Jokowi.

President Jokowi  as the Head of Executive branch will only discuss the state problem with the Leaders of the House of Representative  as the Head of Legislative branch. President  Jokowi  will never discus the State Problems  with any Committee founded by The House of Representatives such as the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK.

President Jokowi will not give the guidance concerning the formulation of the Recommendation concerning the result of facts and findings  resulted by  the activities of the Special Committee on Questioner  of KPK, it is  definitely  in the  domain  of the  House of Representatives.

Since the official letter of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK to request for the consultation with President Jokowi was never sent  by the House of Representatives  and definitely President Jokowi will reject it, at last Fachry Hamzah, Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives who actively and strongly  supports the foundation of the Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK likely concludes :

President Jokowi firmly will not intervene the foundation of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK and its activities. It means President Jokowi will not  give any consultation  to the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK. All of this political dynamics is  indicating President Jokowi reject the request of the  House of Representatives and the Special Committee on Quetioner of KPK  for consultation.

President Jokowi  did not make any objection on the foundation of the Special Committee on KPK and its activities .President Jokowi will not wish to make any control and supervision to  the  activities of the Special Committee on KPK. Accordingly  the Special Committee  on KPK likely will  not meet President Jokowi for consultation until September28, 2017 when the schedule  of working of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK will  finishes.

The Special Committee on Questioner of  KPK did not make any effort to weaken KPK but to investigate  the impact of the  activities of  KPK which has the unlimited authority and unlimited budget for investigation. The ending goal of the Special Committee on Questioner of KPK  to prevent KPK to become the Super Body with unlimited   authority  and   unlimited budget for investigation are definitely not changed.

However the House of  Representatives  is willing to remind KPK  that will really face the significant professional  and objective  competitor when the Detachment of Anti  Corruption of the Police to have been founded and starts to work.

This assessment is made based  on the   open  information on this matter and general knowledge on State Law.

*) Soedibyo, Political and Security Observer.

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