Recently, at the height of the presidential election, the public was surprised by the House of Representatives’ (DPR) decision to approve the revision of the Legislative Institutions Law (MD3). Part of the revision has sparked controversy. For example, according to the amendment made to Article 245 of the law, any summons request of a House lawmaker by, among others, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must first seek permission from the House’s ethics council. If after 30 days the council does not give written permission, the KPK may go ahead and summon the lawmaker.
Some, especially House members, argue that the MD3 is aimed, among other things, at creating a more regulated corruption investigation process (supposedly by making it longer).
Many others disagree with this argument, however. The KPK, for example, believes that this revision signals a more aggressive effort to hinder corruption eradication efforts in Indonesia.
According to a statement made by KPK chairman Abraham Samad, the amendments to the Legislative Institutions Law is evidence of the current government’s lack of seriousness in eradicating corruption.
Furthermore, the KPK’s deputy chairman, Busyro Muqoddas, argued that the amendments were not in line with the principle of “equality before the law”, as they implied that House members would seem to enjoy some sort of “immunity” from prosecution.
Nevertheless, the KPK believes that regardless of what the substance of the revised law will be, it will have no effect on the investigative processes carried out by the commission.