The new Indonesian anti graft czar, Busyro Muqoddas, was appointed in November 2010 for a one year period. Busyro Muqoddas has pledged to resolve difficult corruption cases that have led to some in the media claiming that the country’s fight against corruption has stalled.
Busyro Muqoddas promised that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would investigate all pending cases through to a conclusion. Busyro Muqoddas added that he wanted all stakeholders including the government, the media and the people to create a tradition of transparency. “Transparency means honesty. We must respect each institution’s authority, including the KPK’s.”
Busyro Muqoddas will have a hard time regaining the people’s trust in a once-respected agency that has seen its last chairman convicted of murder and a number of high-profile cases languish on the back burner due to an internal leadership crisis.
Busyro Muqoddas has only a year to turn around the Commission before he would have to undergo a new election for his post, should he want to put his name forward. Many observers have criticized the decision by the House of Representatives to limit Busyro’s tenure to just the remaining term of the sitting commissioners, which will expire next year.
Busyro, the former head of the Judicial Commission, could win popular support by meeting public demands for the KPK to take over the investigation of the scandal involving Gayus or the Bank Century bailout saga from other agencies. But gaining control over either of those complex cases would be hard as legal proceedings are already under way, with several suspects already convicted and sentenced.
Meanwhile, a number of Non Governmental Agencies have kept up the pressure on the government to continue the anti corruption investigations and the pursuit of senior officials. One of the popular agencies maintains the website https://antikorupsi.org/
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