Jakarta. Democratic Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives voiced their opposition to a right of inquiry into an ongoing investigation by the national antigraft agency of the electronic identity card, or e-KTP procurement project.
Benny K. Harman, who is also deputy chairman of House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, previously implored officials of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to release the findings related to an ongoing investigation into People's Conscience Party (Hanura) lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani.
However, Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono, better known as Ibas, the leader of the Democratic Party faction in the House, convened an internal consultation with his father and party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Party members decided to revoke the motion demanding a right of inquiry because of the meeting, Benny said on Thursday (27/04).
He said senior party members believe an open investigation into Miryam might incidentally weaken the KPK's ability to stamp out corruption and that it was not "the right time."
"Therefore, the Democratic Party refuses to demand a right of inquiry," Benny said.
Miryam was recently named as a key suspect in the ongoing investigation into corruption in e-KTP project.
The party urged lawmakers to seek other means to call on the KPK to clarify its abilities in eradicating corruption. Party members said those methods should not interfere with the antigraft agency's ongoing investigations.
Benny said his party has consistently defended and safeguarded the KPK in its investigation of graft cases.
The e-KTP project was mothballed in October 2015 after a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.
The KPK subsequently discovered that $172.7 million was missing from the project's budget of $443 million.
The project was supposed to provide biometric ID cards to all Indonesians aged 17 years and older.