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KPK's new code of ethics promotes synergy with other institutions: Supervisory council

Jakarta Post - March 6, 2020

Jakarta – The supervisory council for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has finished drafting a renewed ethical code for the anti-graft body, which values include synergy with other institutions.

Supervisory council chairman Tumpak Hatorangan Panggabean said that the synergy was in line with the new KPK Law, which was passed in October. The law stipulates partnership, coordination, supervision and joint operations with other national institutions.

Previously, the KPK values included religiosity, integrity, justice, professionalism and leadership. "[Adding the] synergy as the latest value does not mean that we will compromise," Tumpak said on Thursday, as quoted from tempo.co.

The synergy will underlie information, knowledge and data sharing with other institutions, with exceptions for confidential information.

Synergy replaces religiosity as the council believes that it is inherent and already encompasses the other values.

The new code also specifies the council's role to follow up public reports and hold a trial regarding any allegation of ethical code violations of the KPK leaders or employees. Any ethical violations within the council are to be settled in the KPK's ethical code honorary council.

KPK chairman Firli Bahuri said that the new code had been approved by the leaders and would be submitted to the Law and Human Rights Ministry for approval.

The supervisory council, which was established through the new KPK Law, was also in charge of granting wiretapping, confiscation and raid permits and has the power to veto, which have been criticized by anti-corruption watchdogs for potentially slowing down investigations.

In the recent investigation for an alleged bribe case involving General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku, the council was also criticized for delaying the raid permits issuance and lack of transparency. (mfp)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/05/kpks-new-code-of-ethics-promotes-synergy-with-other-institutions-supervisory-council.html