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Grifters and grafters: Indonesia's anticorruption agency under attack
19 September 2019 00:00
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.
17 September 2019 00:00 by Jet Damazo-SantosWith uncharacteristic haste, Indonesia’s outgoing legislative assembly today approved in a plenary meeting a controversial bill that has been widely criticized for being aimed at weakening the country’s highly respected anticorruption agency.
David Plott Managing Editor, Asia
David is a longtime veteran of Dow Jones and worked for them in the U.S., Europe and Asia, serving as senior news editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Asia and later editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He was also deputy director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. He helped found Global Asia, a quarterly journal on international affairs, in 2005 and continues to serve as its... Read more
Jet Damazo-Santos Correspondent, Jakarta
Jet Damazo-Santos has been covering antitrust, data protection and other compliance issues in key jurisdictions in Southeast Asia for MLex full time since 2018. She has almost two decades of journalism experience in the Philippines and Indonesia, where she was the associate editor for the Jakarta Globe and the Jakarta bureau chief for Rappler Indonesia prior to joining MLex. She holds a master's degree in Applied Business Economics from the University of Asia and the