Prof. Bagir Manan: Public Is Not Guilty To Say KPK Law Revision Would Incapacitate KPK

[,5/03/2016] The Initiative Plans of the Parlement to proposed changes to Law No. 30 of the year 2002 re Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) raiesed controversy. Experts said that revision of KPK Law had potential to weaken role of state institutions as corruption eradication body.

Prof. Bagir Manan saat memberikan keynote speech pada Seminar “Revisi UU KPK: Urgent-kah?” di Auditorium Gedung Perpustakaan FH Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, , Jumat (4/03). (Foto oleh: Tedi Yusup)*

Prof. Bagir Manan during keynote speech at seminar on “Law Revision Commission: Is It Urgent?” at Auditorium of Library FH Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Friday (4/03). (Photo by Tedi Yusup) *

Professor of Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran, Prof. Dr. Bagir Manan, SH, MCL., stated that corruption was classified as an extraordinary crime. In order to prevent corruption extraordinary procedure was also necessary.

“Public is not guilty when they considered the proposed amendments as attempts to weaken KPK, incapacitating corruption eradication further,” said Prof. Bagir during the keynote speech at seminar on “Law Revision Commission: Is it Urgent?” at Auditorium of Library FH Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Friday (4/03).

In discussion held by FH Unpad Alumni Association, also attending were Members of Commission III House of the Representative Poltak Ruhut Sitompul, SH, Vice Chairman PPATK Agus Santoso, S.H., LLM., Director of Network Inter-Agency Commission and KPK Body Indonesia Dedie A. Rachim, Academics of FH Unpad Dr. Sigid Suseno, S.H., M.H., and Legal Practitioners Defrizal Djamaris, S.H.

humas unpad 2016_03_04 EOS 7D 15_13_190058Prof. Bagir said that basic weakness of proposed changes was inability of Law Commission to advocate comprehensive initiative to open legal politics in House of Representatives. It certainly indicated alleged existence of hidden political agenda behind proposed conversion of the Act.

“If this assumption is correct, such political behavior is incompatible with democracy, which always demanded changes,” said former chairman of Supreme Court (MA) as well as Chairman of Press Council.

As a country that upholds democracy, Prof. Bagir continued, efforts by the Parliament to supervise a check and balance against performance of the Commission. Parliament should be committed to supervise the Commission. Supervision was more focused on oversight of ethics, to prevent violations of moral.

Dr. Sigid explained that KPK Law changes would not be needed if Parliament had already properly monitored the performance of the Commission. One of the monitoring aspects was the harmonization KPK coordination with other law enforcement agencies in Indonesia.

“The question is about Commission performance weakness coming from either laws changes or strengthening coordination,” said Dr. Sigid who also served as Vice-Rector of Resources and the Padjadjaran University Governance.

Dedie assessed that KPK Law was still sufficient to support tasks and functions of the Commission, therefore proposed changes to Act is not required.

“We need more of mutual legalization and bills for assets rather than revision of Law Commission,” said Dedie.*

Reported by: Arief Maulana / eh