Editorial: Jokowi Must Act Fast in Police-KPK Conflict

JANUARY 28, 2015

We are not yet convinced that there is an end in sight in the conflict between the police and the national antigraft agency as the former continues to dig up old cases against the latter’s leaders.

The remaining commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have now been reported to the police in different cases, some from as far back as 10 years ago.

If the police decide to bring these cases to court, all four commissioners will be detained pending the hearing, halting all activities of an institution we firmly believe is the only capable body to fight the country’s rampant corruption.

The attack is continuing against the antigraft body, with the police accusing KPK investigators of extortion and having taken bribes. So the police launch an all-out attack to show the public that the KPK is just as dirty as they are?

These attacks take place because the police could not accept the antigraft agency’s naming of police chief nominee Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan as a corruption suspect.

While being criticized as slow, President Joko Widodo finally took the right decision by forming an independent team comprising trustworthy figures to solve the conflict between the two institutions.

The formation of the team apparently angers the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) because it feels that the president it supported has betrayed it by delaying Budi’s inauguration.

Several PDI-P members have openly attacked Joko. As shocking as it is, it’s a sign of the party’s anger as they will not do it without chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri’s approval.

Is this a chance for Joko to part ways with the PDI-P and become independent from Megawati?

We sure hope so. Ready or not Joko must quickly act as the stakes are now too high for Indonesia.