Grifters and grafters: Indonesia's anticorruption agency under attack

Introduction

Date: 19 September 2019. Duration: 12:39

The staff at Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission have found their respected agency under attack from a seemingly unlikely source: parliament. A new bill passed just this week is set to clip its wings by making its activities and independence subject to the whims of a handpicked supervisory panel. It's an unwelcome development for an agency that is the most trusted of any state body in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, particularly because the legal offensive comes from the country's least trusted, the legislature itself. The uncharacteristic quiescence of the country's "clean-hands" president, Joko Widodo, seems set to allow the bill pass into law, potentially setting the nation's successful anticorruption efforts back years. MLex Asia Managing Editor David Plott spoke with Jakarta Correspondent Jet Damazo-Santos to explore how the bill came to pass, and what it means for a country that's trying to shed its unenviable reputation as one of the world's most corrupt places in which to do business.

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