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The Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) selection committee for its advisory council has narrowed its candidates to 13 from 34 following a second phase of deliberations. (JG Photo)

By : Rizky Amelia & Novi Setuningsih | on 5:39 PM October 27, 2014
Category : News, Politics, Featured

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo) The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)

Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it will conduct a briefing for the nation's newly appointed ministers on how to prevent becoming entangled in graft cases.

"The general subject will be corruption prevention," KPK deputy chairman Adnan Pandu Praja said on Sunday evening, after the announcement of President Joko Widodo's cabinet.

The exact date for the briefing has not been set.

Another KPK deputy chairman, Buysro Muqoddas, on Monday said it would be held at some point after the first official cabinet meeting, which was held later on Monday.

"We'll wait for the government," Busyro told reporters at the KPK headquarters.

'They have to report everything'

Busyro explained that the anti-graft agency would outline how the ministers can work transparently and within the boundaries of the constitution.

"If they really want the government to be transparent, accountable, and siding with the people, the perspective [which is to be presented by the KPK] should be followed," Busyro said.

KPK will also inform the ministers regarding their obligation to submit a wealth report, he said.

"Now [that they're government officials] they have to report everything," Busyro said.

Government officials have to submit a wealth report when they take up a position, when they get transferred or promoted, and when they leave the job.

No red flags, but no guarantees

The KPK has been involved in the cabinet selection to make sure that the new lineup is clear from graft suspects and individuals that might be related to corruption cases.

The vetting concluded that none of the ministers in what Joko called his Working Cabinet received red flags, according the anti-graft agency's spokesman.
"None [of Joko's ministers] were given red marks," spokesman Johan Budi said in Jakarta on Monday. "We can't guarantee that nobody, including the ministerial candidates that didn't get red-flagged by the KPK, would be involved in corruption later on, however, because people change when they're given the power and authority to manage a huge amount of money."
Joko had submitted 43 names of potential ministers to the KPK and Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), the agency tasked with money laundering investigations, before forming his cabinet of 34 ministers.
The anti-graft body met with Joko last week to return the list of candidates with color-coded marks. Candidates assessed as potential suspects in corruption cases or with fishy financial records flagged by the PPATK received a red or yellow mark from the KPK, indication the candidate's level of corruption risk.The president eliminated eight of 43 names under consideration for cabinet posts on Wednesday.

Controversial picks

Still, a number of the appointed ministers, including State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarmo, have come in for criticism.

Rini was questioned by the KPK last year in an investigation related to so-called release and discharge documents obtained by debtor conglomerates in the notorious Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) case. Rini, who was the deputy chairman of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA), was questioned in connection with her position as a member of the Committee for the Stabilization of the Financial Sector (KSSK).

The KPK suspected that Rini knew about the process of obtaining the discharge release papers issued by IBRA, based on a 2002 Presidential Instruction and signed by the then-president, Megawati, on her key economy minister's recommendation.

Also, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya was accused of having received Rp 100 million as part of a fire truck procurement case when she was the secretary general at the Home Affairs Ministry, according to news portal Tribunnews.com.

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