Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed that dozens of its employees have resigned from the agency.
The word on resignations broke days after the antigraft body confirmed that its public relations head and former spokesperson, Febri Diansyah, had resigned from the commission.
KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said that 31 employees had filed their resignation letters between January and September.
"They resigned for various reasons. Most of them stated they wanted to develop their career outside of the KPK," Ali said in a statement on Saturday.
He added that such resignations were common within the KPK, as 126 employees had resigned from the commission between 2016 and 2019.
The spokesperson went on to say that the antigraft body respected their decisions and urged the resigned employees to become "anti-corruption agents" to promote antigraft values based on their experience working with the KPK.
"We understand that it is not an easy decision to resign, or to keep fighting against corruption from within the KPK amid changing situations," said Ali.
In his resignation letter dated Sept. 18, Febri cited "changes in the KPK's political and legal state" over the past 11 months as the reason for his departure. Many assumed that he was referring to changes caused by the controversial revision to the KPK Law in September last year.
Activists previously said that the KPK was "entering its bleakest days [and] no longer trusted by the public" due to its poor enforcement against graft suspects and controversies embroiling the commission, which is currently led by police general Comr. Gen. Firli Bahuri. (kuk)