Enraged by Setya's Closed Hearing, Antigraft Activists Take to the Streets

The ethics council hearing was attended regularly by antigraft activists. (Antara Photo/Yusran Uccang)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 2:02 PM December 08, 2015
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. Anti-corruption activists will stage a "Clean the House" protest in front of the House of Representatives building in Senayan on Tuesday afternoon protesting House Speaker Setya Novanto's closed ethics hearing on Monday.

At least 70 people will stage a protest from various groups including Transparency International Indonesia, Indonesia Corruption Watch, Publish What You Pay Indonesia, Yappika and Indonesian Judiciary Watchdog Society (MaPPI).

Their demands focus heavily on revising the laws that govern the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), arguing that the KPK should have the authority to prevent the House Ethics Council from holding a closed hearing.

“We will deliver theatrical performances, speeches and read our demands,” said Selly Martini, an ICW activist, as quoted by Kompas on Tuesday.

“Indonesians have shown their objections [to the KPK, Setya Novanto and the House Ethics Council] through online petitions, through social media and protests. But they [the House] seem to be blind and deaf and forget who they actually should dedicate themselves to,” Selly added.

The protest, held one day before the simultaneous regional elections, which also coincidentally falls on Anti-Corruption Day on Dec. 9, is open for the public to join.

“[We want] to let the House members know that people have the power to get rid of members who don't work properly and choose the right people for the job,” Selly said.

One of the banners that will be displayed at the event mocks Setya, which reads, “For the upcoming elections, don't vote for political parties that will not be 'setya' [loyal] to the public.”

Setya has been in the spotlight since the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said filed a complaint with the Ethics Council alleging that the House speaker attempted to shake down copper and gold miner Freeport Indonesia for 20 percent of its shares.

He denied the allegation at the Monday's hearing, which was closed to the public, in stark contrast to the open hearings last week with Sudirman and Freeport Indonesia chief executive Maroef Sjamsoeddin, who both accused the Setya of trying to extort $4 billion worth of shares from the mining giant.

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