The Corruption Extermination Committee (KPK) as a body to prevent and indict corruption is a breath of fresh air to solve the massive, structured, and systematic corruption problem in Indonesia. However, KPK is being threatened by Constitutional Revision (RUU) No. 30 year 2002 of the People’s Representative Council (DPR RI). To that end, the Indonesia Forum of Law Faculty Deans (FH) and Head of Law Schools (STIH) Muhammadiyah University (PTM) called for a press conference to state their refusal of said RUU and put their support for KPK on Tuesday (10/9) in the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Faculty of Law (FH UMY) Courtroom, UMY Central Campus.
The head of the forum, Dr. Trisno Raharjo, stated three conclusions of the forum. First, the refusal of said RUU KPK that aims to weaken the KPK. Second, a plea to President Jokowi to act on the DPR’s initiative by not issuing a Presidential Letter to discuss the RUU KPK. Third, to ask every element of the public, leaders of the national and university leaders to support the empowerment of KPK in the extermination of corruption. All these to aim for Indonesia to become an advanced, resilient, just, and prosperous country.
“The President, as the executive leader of studies with various universities, have been given suggestions from our forum. In addition, we have sent a refusal letter penned by 40 forum members to President Jokowi. The members are from 36 Faculties of Law under the PTM banner and 4 members from STIH,” Trisno stated.
Trisno added that if the RUU KPK goes through, it will be a nation-wide step back in the handling of corruption cases. Therefore, he stated that there needs to be an effort to strengthen KPK instead of weakening them. One of those efforts is to perform an in-depth study with academicians, practitioners, and head of governmental bodies.
“If the president is truly committed, he can instruct the Head of the Police and the Grand Court that when a Corruption Problem needs special handling, they can refer it to the KPK, that should strengthen the KPK’s position,” he added.